BHS: Wax Print + Q&A

Black History Studies premieres 'Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History' (2018) by Aiwan Obinyan

Showing Times

Thu 26 Mar 18:30

In African homes across the world a benign textile lies unassuming and taken for granted. With a multitude of names from ‘Dutch Wax’ to ‘Liputa' and ‘Kitenge’ to ‘Ankara’ this textile has become an important part of African cultures across the diaspora, a symbol of strength and identity in the face of oppression.

Surprised to learn from her Nigerian grandmother that ‘traditional’ African wax printed fabrics were a colonial invention made in the UK and Holland, Aiwan Obinyan set out on a journey to trace the two-hundred year history of this iconic textile that has come to visually represent Africa and Africans.  Her quest took her from the villages of Indonesia to the cotton fields of America, from European industrial mills to the bustling markets and sewing schools of West Africa, and her film tells the story of how this one fabric came to symbolise a continent, it’s people and their struggle for freedom.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Aiwan Obinyan, a Nigerian-British filmmaker, composer and fashion designer.


Film Information

98 mins

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