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Clothing received!

Clothing received!

Last week, two giant boxes showed up on my doorstep near Seattle, Washington. They were bursting with clothing. Not only were there bomber jackets - there were about 200 neckties and bow ties that Alexander had squeezed in.  Considering that each piece is hand cut and hand sewn, the quality of the garments is incredible. I went over each piece with a lint roller to take of the spare threads, but other than that, I was happy with the quality. Each button was covered with fabric, providing a soft surface. The metal tags gave everything a touch of luxury, as I had...

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Obsessed with clothing tags

Obsessed with clothing tags

Tags are required for selling clothing, but usually given little thought.

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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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