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Is wax print African?

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

“If we really owned wax print textiles we could and would keep the bulk of the proceeds in Africa and it would be part of the generational wealth of African children.” - Aiwan Obinyan, Wax Print.

Filmmaker Aiwan Obinyan is pictured in a textile shop in Ghana. Image sourced from AiAi Studios & Wax Print Film.

MisBeee Writes spoke to filmmaker Aiwan Obinyan who created the Wax Print film in 2018. Her film explores 200 years of the textile and covers four continents, including visits to Ghana's textile markets.

Watch a trailer of the film here.

MisBeee finds out Aiwan's relationship with the textile, her journey to sourcing funding and some projects she has lined up in 2021.

Read her interview here and share your view on the 'Africanness' of wax print.

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