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Indonesian Batik meet Dutch textile makers meet the African public. Unknown to most people, the colorful fabrics that have become the fashion statement of the African continent originated in Indonesia (where painting fabric is called Batik), and was taken to the Netherlands for expansion in production, and later to be sold in Africa, where the bold patterns and colors became a sensation. As early as 1846, the Vlisco company, based in Helmond, served the West African market with Dutch Wax textiles. From 29 January through 6 May, 2012, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem will present Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, an exhibition about how Vlisco’s Dutch textiles became a part of various West African cultures and found their way into international fashion, the visual arts, and photography. The exhibition Six Yards is a tribute to Vlisco textiles: over a hundred years old, born in Indonesia, designed in the Netherlands, loved in Africa, and desired in the West. These colorful fabrics make their way to fashion shows in Paris, the markets in Ghana, and galleries in London and New York. The exhibition Six Yards focuses on all the relevant angles, from their presence and meaning in the work of artist Yinka Shonibare, to the stories in the oral tradition that have come from the fabrics.

(Source: mmkarnhem.nl)

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    I love (and recently found) all of my dutch wax fabric from Ghana. The question is WHAT DO I DO WITH IT
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