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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our planned stops are: Benin - Ekpoma - Abuja - Lagos and then back home to the UK to edit and start promoting the film.
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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