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Dutch Fabric House Vlisco Shares Bauhaus-Inspired Wax Hollandais Prints

Dutch fabric house Vlisco shares the lookbook for 'Think,' a new Bauhaus-inspired Wax Hollandais print collection.

Words by Fraser Johnston & Alyssa Klein


Dutch fabric house Vlisco recently shared the lookbook for their new textile collection of bright geometric "Wax Hollandais" prints. Inspired by the architectural and minimalistic world of Bauhaus, one of Germany's earliest schools of design, Think sees a dazzling new attitude from the 160-plus-year-old brand. "For this collection we have not only [been] influenced by Bauhaus design philosophies, but also by their approach to colour," the company shared in an announcement. "By creating new colours, such as the grassy green, and combining and layering them in a striking fashion the colours too tell a story." The new prints are part of a larger campaign focusing on the "intimate bond between mother and daughter." Look out for behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and do-it-yourself video’s from Vlisco's Think collection coming soon.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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