The halftone printing technique that is used in this pattern can only be used with Wax Blocks. The wax is applied to both sides of the fabric. By applying the wax partially to only one side of the fabric, the dye does not penetrate thoroughly. This results in a special transparent effect, especially in the ‘Hibiscus’ pattern. The transparency is visible in the veins of the design. The version with yellow and red motifs against the white background enjoys a particularly exalted status for African consumers in Guinea and Ivory Coast. Twelve yards of this fabric are a must in every dowry. ‘No Hibiscus, no wedding’!

Also known as: Hibisque, Florba



This fabric is called "Florba". Do you know the story behind it?



The name given to the pattern in Togo has to do with the first day the fabric was put on the market. There was an enormous disturbance because everyone, both vendors and consumers, wanted the pattern. ‘Topizo’ means ‘rush’, as does the name ‘Tohozin’: a rush of people.

Also known as: Tohozin (Benin)

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