The colors are an important signal in Africa. One of the best images of that colors are its amazing Wax fabrics. Let us tell you the story, because it’s amazing:
The creation of these wax fabrics dates back to the 19th Century when the Dutch recruited soldiers from Africa to fight in Indonesia. This is where fabrics were made by applying the wax on a cloth and creating a pattern.
African’s soldiers of the Dutch army were amazed by the colorful fabric and they decided to take the technique to their continent. Later they learned different practices and adapted others: they applied resin on both sides of a cotton cloth, emerging the method similar to the printing of a machine’s wax.
These fabrics have become part of the social life of Africans. It is a symbol of social status, they appear in women’s dowry as well as for different uses: weddings, funerals, sending messages, etc.
You can find Dutch Wax fabrics and Chinese imitations. But for our own creations we decided to get it again on local commerce and brought them from Maasai market in Arusha, Tanzania. This is how our first Christmas Solidarity Market born. We employed two people and we managed to cover the daily feeding of all the students of Ngongongare Primary School for a month.
But we wanted more than a single month. So today we continue Sewing Lives because this is what our dreams consist of: in uniting, inserting, darning lives.
Thanks to the originality of the fabrics, the unique designs, your generosity and the orders of bags, covers for glasses or headphones, bracelets, earrings … we continue sewing, inserting some people in the working world and feeding a whole school.
Remember that each of the prints of these fabrics is handmade by African artisans. They are original Wax fabrics of first quality 100% cotton and each of our products is unique. Like you. That is our hallmark, no two are alike.
"And the beauty of this life is to sew dreams, embroider stories and untie the knots of our days"