Java fabrics are one of the most famous fabrics that Vlisco produced for many years. The Java fabrics are different from other famous fabrics like Wax Block and Superwax. Java prints have their own style and most of the time they have a highly glossed shining effect. The surface of the Java feels softer than a Waxblock. Java is a traditional west African fabric. It is very important for several cultural groups. A must have for people who love tradition and African fabric. Some designs are so much loved that they have gotten catching names instead of design numbers. Names as: Congo leave, Pencil, Adis abeba etc.
How it is made
Like already mentioned above, the Java is different made than a Wax Block or Superwax. A java is printed with the highest technique of precision. If you see a Java, you can see that it has a wide range of colours and is really detailed. The Java prints are created by interpretation of the Batik prints made by the oldest batik methods of Indonesia. The famous designs of Vlisco, also Waxblock and Superwax, are based on the process and styles of the Indonesian batiks.
The Java prints are made with very detailed engraved screens and rollers. Under high pressure the ink will be applied to the cotton and gives the Java it’s amazing, mostly floral designs. Because of this technique it is possible to give the fabric the smallest details of illustration. The Java print fabrics are made of 100 % soft cotton. The prints are on both sides. The colours are not fading and remains on the cotton. Because of the softness the Java print fabrics are very comfortable to wear.
One of the most famous designs of Java is the one named Angelina. The design is based on original symbols that goes back to the Indonesian batik styles but also much further back in time. To late 1400, a design similar to this Angelina worn by Ethiopian high class women. The Angelina design became famous in the 60’s and 70’s because the design was adopted by Africans in America. This evolved eventually into a world known popular design that is recognized by people as cultural heritage of the country where it is found. From Peru to Japan and from South Africa to Mexico the design is worn as traditional cloth. But the real volume of the design is consumed in Guinea, Ghana and Congo.
It is made in Holland by Vlisco which is focussed on the traditional West-African clothing. However the status of the design Angelina, also named Dashiki is coming back in Vogue time to time when a famous singer is wearing the cloth. One of those famous singers is Miriam Makeba. In Congo this design is called Ya Mado named after a song of a famous singer from Congo Fabregas. Other famous java design are Good Living, for Ghana people and Congo leave and la Lune also named The Moon. This design is originally from Kano, Nigeria. In Kano are still indigo dyers working today, and they have a specific tie-dye motif that is used. Based on this motif The Moon design was made for Java. In Togo this design refers to small pocket money, literally the small shells. This small shell was once used as currency in Togo.
Julius Holland also produces Java. This Julius Holland Java is made of 100% cotton. the designs are very modern and vibrant. Each fabric has a shine finish to give the Java extra elegance. Julius Holland is famous and loved for their very own style of modern designs and the best price – quality ratio in the whole market.