Textiles are the most obvious visible signifier of culture throughout Africa and Middle East. The history, beliefs, politics, fashions, status, and aspirations of people are communicated through the colors and patterns of textiles and the occasions on which they are worn or otherwise utilized. These textile traditions are part of a historical and contemporary global trading network driven by African taste and patronage.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth originated from Indonesia, which was exported by a Dutch company from their colonies and later appropriated in West Africa. Today, through its narrative, we aim to break the flatness of western fashion models and learn tailoring techniques from African craftsmen.
Images from SICILIA, a multilingual magazine by Flaccovio Editore*, printed from 1953 to 1982