How wax prints became a cultural phenomenon
Wax prints were made truly African through storytelling.
How Our Prints At Maakola Continue The African Tradition
Wax prints are a way for West Africans to express themselves and create a rich cultural heritage for the people who wear them.
We see Maakola as a way to help keep the African print tradition alive and to extend it to the rest of the world, with fabrics that provide a vehicle for hundreds of women’s voices.
The Tree Of Life
Most of the creations in the Gaia Collection come in the same wax print by Dutch fabric house Vlisco. Drawing on its rich heritage, Vlisco brought together two historical patterns, the Fish Scale and the Grotto, to create this new, modern cloth in fresh colors, with luxe silver and gold embellishments.
Fabric history: the Fish Scale and the Grotto
The Fish Scale
The Maakola meaning: The Tree of Life
The combination of the Fish Scale and the Grotto suggests interconnected trees with their full buds, set against a luminous sun. It creates an image of immortality and rebirth: The branches grow and blossom every time there’s a new sun behind them. The contrast of the sun makes the new buds appear full of life, like fresh leaves unfurling in the spring. Between one sun and the next, we can see a hibernation phase that always ends with a new sun and the beginning of a new life. The Tree of Life also symbolizes the immortality of Mother Nature because even as a plant grows old, it continues to create seeds that carry its essence so that it can live on through new saplings.