Colour is our obsession. We even develop and make our own unique colours and hues in-house to ensure the deepest colours, which remain vibrant, even after washing.
Indigo is the most important dye in our colour portfolio. Bathed in Indigo ink, our designs and drawings are imprinted into the fabrics. In fact, colour is an integral part of our craft, as it fuses with design to create wonderful optical illusions and eye-catching looks. Just by using different colour combinations and placement one design can become totally new!
Indigo used to be the most common and popular source of colour throughout West Africa for centuries. It was the first colour used by Africans, and by using it in our Vlisco designs we connected with the deep cultural value it has. Indigo designs and motives were traditionally a means of expression and a way to communicate. Our Vlisco fabrics, with their indigo designs and vibrant colours, became entwined in West and Central African culture, being given and worn during special moments such as the birth of a child, or as the dowry or at a wedding.
In 1969, Vlisco introduced ‘Sepia’ as a base colour for its fabrics, which was previously 100% Indigo blue. This created a total new depth in colour and thus design experience. The sepia base, as a backdrop for varying colour combinations, was so popular it changed the role of Indigo in fabric design. Indigo remains the key colour in Vlisco Wax Hollandais and Super-wax products but it is the combination of bright colours and intricate patterns today, which have become so popular. Our Connoisseurs of Style, know and love our colour combinations and the way each design can become totally new when different colours are used. It is for them that we continue day-in day-out our research and development of new colours to bring you a fresh palette each season.
Below are some examples of our vibrant fabrics, with our own unique colours made in-house. Click on the image to shop the fabric in our online shop.