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From village to cotton field, from mill to market, the story of how one fabric came to symbolise a whole continent.
From village to cotton field, from mill to market, the story of how one fabric came to symbolise a whole continent. A feature documentary by Aiwan Obinyan.
From village to cotton field, from mill to market, the story of how one fabric came to symbolise a whole continent. A feature documentary by Aiwan Obinyan.
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Most people have encountered Wax print at some point in their lives, whether on the high streets of London, a big name fashion retailer, a high profile catwalk show or simply on friends and family.

Wax Print
Wax Print

Often the immediate assumption is that ‘it’s African’.

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? Well, Wax Print has a long and colourful history going back over 200 years to parts of Indian and Indonesia, the deep south of the USA, the industrial mills of Europe and the markets and homes of West and Central Africa.

A global story
A global story

WHY WAX PRINT? For Millenia Africa had and still has it’s own indigenous textiles including Raffia, Bogolan and Mudcloth and a wide-range of textile production methods from tie-dye to weaving. And yet, around the world one print is unanimously referred to as ‘African Fabric’ and nearly always this reference is to Wax Print. So how did one fabric come to represent a whole continent? This is one of the questions the documentary sets out to answer.

(Left) 'Angelina' aka Dashiki (Right) Heritage Dutch Wax Designs
(Left) 'Angelina' aka Dashiki (Right) Heritage Dutch Wax Designs

HOW IS IT MADE? Mills, factories and local operations are some of the places we visited to find out how Wax Print is made. From cotton processed by heavy industrial machines to the application of intricate wax patterns applied by hand to fresh sheets of cotton we look out how Wax Print plays an important role in the economics of both international and local businesses.

The Wax Print cycle from field to market
The Wax Print cycle from field to market

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? It’s always important to document our history not only does it help us to remember and avoid the mistakes of the past but also to improve on and maintain the legacy of the good that was created.

Wax Print is an important part of world history, it shows us how we are all connected and that no culture or people exist in a vacuum. We all have a responsibility to tell our side of the story so that future generations have a complete picture of the past as they forge a new future.

WHY YOU? Wrapped and swaddled in the beautiful bold prints and carried in the fabric on her mothers back, Aiwan was and is no stranger to Wax Print fabrics.

This is the story of Wax print from her perspective as a British-born African filmmaker and fashion designer, a perspective not often seen or heard.

Aiwan Obinyan
Aiwan Obinyan

With over 10 years experience in both the film and music industries Aiwan has completed many projects from studio albums for various artists, music for short and feature films through to producing and working on short films, corporate projects and national TV programs.

HOW WILL YOU DO IT? We’ve already visited Ghana, Holland, UK, USA and France to answer some of these questions but some questions remain unanswered and that’s where you come in. We have one last story to film and that’s the story of Nigeria, one of the biggest markets for Wax Print. Here we’ll explore it’s historical connection to Wax Print, the counterfeit rings that threaten to destroy the industry and my own families generational links with this textile.

Where we've been...
Where we've been...

Our planned stops are: Benin - Ekpoma - Abuja - Lagos and then back home to the UK to edit and start promoting the film.

Where we're headed
Where we're headed

We cannot do this without you, your donation of any amount helps us to tell the story of Wax Print and preserve this important piece of global history for generations to come.

We look forward to seeing you at a screening soon!

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REWARDS:

You can either have 1 canvas print at the £250 tier or 3 canvas prints at £750. Depending on your choice of image, each canvas will be either landscape or portrait.

Example of Canvas Prints (designed by starline)
Example of Canvas Prints (designed by starline)

SHIPPING: We'll keep you updated as we add more destinations to our rewards.

Risks and challenges

Travelling for documentary shoots is never straightforward from acquiring visas to navigating unfamiliar terrain. This, along with the usual road trip risks, means that our travel may potentially take longer than planned.

The majority of the film has been shot, however to ensure that any delay in our schedule will not have a knock-on effect on our rewards production schedule. We are doing as much of the work before we even depart (e.g. working out the design and layout of the digital photobook, wallpapers and canvas prints, the structure and format of the film, logging of all footage shot so far etc.).

As a team we have over a 20 years of experience in our respective fields and are confident that between our complementary knowledge and skills, as well as our wide networks, we will be able to overcome any challenges to do with the creation of our rewards and the delivery of this film.

If we do anticipate any delays, we will let our supporters know as soon as possible via both kickstarter and the films official website.

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    Shoutouts & Thanks

    Brick by brick as the saying goes. Every amount helps to shoot the final Wax Print story in beautiful Nigeria. Your £5 contribution is meaningful to us as it will go towards covering a crew members meal for a day, a bed for the night or other essentials we will need on our daily shoots. As a thank you to you, we will shout out your name on our social media and your name will appear on the Wax Print Wall of Fame

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    AFRICAN WAX PRINT WALLPAPERS

    Wax Print Film will travel with you wherever you go. The vibrant beauty of African wax print fabrics that we’ve captured on our journey will be right at the heart of your digital world. The best images snapped on the journey will be used to create exclusive high resolution wallpapers for you to use on your phone, tablet or computer.

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    WAX PRINT FILM (HD Digital Release)

    For a limited time you will receive a HD digital version of the film, for your contribution of £20, within a few days of the film’s official release.

    ***This offer is limited to 7 days, after this it will revert to the regular tier***

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    WAX PRINT FILM POSTCARD SET

    Postcards are quintessential travel memorabilia, messages to loved ones from far-flung lands. For £25 you’ll receive a set of 5 custom postcards featuring our most stunning images captured in the countries we’ve visited and a carefully chosen African proverb tastefully and stylishly incorporated. It’s an affordable way to share such beauty with friends and family whilst also showing support to projects like ours that hold great promise.

    Available to US, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and Select EU countries (Now including Norway and Switzerland!)

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    WAX PRINT FILM (HD Digital Release)

    You will receive a HD digital version of the film, for your contribution of £30, within a few days of the film’s official release. Only 20 available at this level!

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    • Wax Print Wall of Fame
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    Pledge £50 or more About $67

    WAX PRINT FILM (Digital release)

    You will receive a HD digital version of the film within a few days of the film’s official release.

    In addition we will create an eco-friendly, paper-free digital book, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the most gorgeous parts of our journey at the click of a button. The ‘Wax Print Film’ digital book is a showcase of the countries, people and fabric designs we’ve discovered in our quest to tell this story.

    The digital photobook is EXCLUSIVE to our kickstarter campaign.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $101

    SOUNDTRACK + DIGITAL PHOTOBOOK

    For your contribution of £75 you will receive our beautiful digital photobook (as detailed above) and the Director, Aiwan - a composer by trade, will be creating the original score for the film and you will receive a digital copy of the soundtrack in your choice of FLAC, WAV or MP3 formats.

    The digital photobook is EXCLUSIVE to our kickstarter campaign.

    In addition you will have access to unreleased footage, outtakes and directors commentary before they are released to the general public.

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    VIP ACCESS TO THE LONDON PREMIERE

    We all love a bit of glitz and glamour! Your contribution of £120 gives you a special Wax Print goodie bag and full VIP access to the London premiere of Wax Print Film. (Travel and accommodation not included).

    Includes:
    • Wax Print Film (HD)
    • Wax Print Soundtrack
    • Digital Photobook
    • Wax print Wallpapers
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    Pledge £250 or more About $335

    1 CANVAS PRINT (CHOICE FROM 10 IMAGES)

    For your contribution of £250 you get a piece of our best shots direct to your walls. We’ll compile our strongest images from the journey and have them available as high quality prints. You can then choose any image you want from a selection of 10. Size: 16”x24” (Portrait or landscape depending on the image selected).

    Available to US, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and Select EU countries (including Norway and Switzerland!

    Includes:
    • 2X VIP tickets to the London Premiere
    • Wax Print Film (HD)
    • Postcard set
    • Wax Print Soundtrack
    • Digital Photobook
    • Wax print Wallpapers
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    3 CANVAS PRINTS (CHOICE FROM 15 IMAGES)

    You will receive 3 canvas prints showcasing our best shots direct to your walls. We’ll compile our strongest images from the journey and have them available as high quality prints. You can then choose any 3 images you want from a selection of 15. Size: 16”x24” (Portrait or landscape depending on the image selected).

    Available to US, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and Select EU countries (including Norway and Switzerland)

    Includes:
    • 2X VIP tickets to the London Premiere
    • Wax Print Film (HD)
    • Wax Print Soundtrack
    • Postcard set
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    • Wax print Wallpapers
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

    As an executive producer you will be credited as ‘Executive Producer’ in both the film and on IMDB.

    Includes:
    • VIP access to the London Premiere
    • 2X VIP tickets to the London Premiere
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