Bon Marche Paris June 2011
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African wax cloths were originally inspired by Indonesian batiks which were brought back by the Dutch who where trading in Java in the 17th century. The Europeans where able to mass-produce this type of fabric in England in Holland less expensively. They are still manufactured in these places to this day. African Designs, manufactured in Europe which are retailed in Africa, are all the rage in Paris this summer!
Some of the African women form the former French colonies still dress this way in Paris. Often with their babies bundled on their backs wrapped in these beautiful fabrics. these women are inspirational, always elegant, regal, and colorful. These fabrics are showing up as summer frocks, shorts, hats, bags, with pattern upon pattern, so much fun!
Pattern at the pick-nick by Hermes Paris