How does Java fabric differ from Wax Hollondais?
The difference lies in the intricate nature of its designs, and the manufacturing process it takes to achieve them. There is no wax used — instead, the cotton fabric is printed using engraved and punctured screens, on which high pressure is applied with rollers. This means that up to nine different colours of dyes and inks can be pressed into the textile, and, unlike Wax fabrics, Java is printed on one side only.
One of the most notable Java designs, famous throughout the African culture, is the Angelina print, which is often used on the “Dashiki” shirt. An icon of 60s and 70s pop culture up, it can also seen in the Fire Compass Dress by Maakola.