Wax Print Film – Online in August
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 designer, Aiwan Obinyan, sets out on a journey across the globe 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, the story of how one fabric came to symbolise a continent, its people and their struggle for freedom.
In June 2018 Aiwan Obinyan visited me in The Netherlands after we talked online. She asked me questions on Batik and my view on the complex and interesting textile history of Wax Print. So I got featured in this amazing documentary, still so honoured and happy I can be part of her journey!
You can watch Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History online on Aya Films the whole month of August 2020
For more visit the website waxprintfilm.com or watch the trailer below