Aya Films

Saturday 1 August 18:00


Watch Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History on Aya Films website from Sat 1 August at 6pm.

The online premiere will be followed by a live Q&A with director Aiwan Obinyan on Aya Films Facebook page at 7.45pm.

Surprised to learn from her Nigerian grandmother that ‘traditional’ African wax-printed fabrics were a colonial invention made in the UK and Holland, British-born filmmaker and fashion design, Aiwan Obinyan, sets out on a journey across four continents to trace the two-hundred year history of this iconic textile. From the intricate hand-crafted batiks of Indonesia to the cotton fields of North America and from European industrial mills to the bustling markets of West Africa, this is the story of how one fabric came to symbolise a whole continent.


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