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What are African wax prints?

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What are African wax prints?

The story of African wax prints is a story of globalization. Ankara, also known as kitenge cloth, Dutch wax prints, or African wax prints, was originally created by Dutch traders living in the West Indies (now Indonesia) in the late 1700s. The Dutch observed how the traditional handcrafted batik designs were painstakingly created. The batik process involves drawing designs with melted wax on fabric, dying the fabric, then removing and reapplying wax in a different area and repeating. A Dutch inventor who observed this tedious process thought of partially automating it by creating a machine similar to the printing press...

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