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Thread: Waxed Material??? How do I...

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    wash it? I always wash my quilting material before sewing it. But I am stumped with this!

    My wonderful neighbor just got back from a trip to Ghana, Africa, and bought me this lovely purple and chartreuse fabric (color is darker than the pics - sorry!). It is more like linen than cotton, but it is "Super Real Wax - Baritex Guaranteed Super Wax" as you can see.

    So, is it like a Batik -- waxed in that way to make the pattern??? Or what? Do you think I can wash and dry it like any other material?

    Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated!
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    Boy, I'm stumped. Guess if it were me I'd cut a small piece and wash it and see what happens. :)

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    I have yards and yards of African fabric - just like yours.
    Toss it in the machine if you want.

    I rarely prewash - only the solid hand-dyed (meaning non-commercial ones).

    But it's fine if you do - this fabric is used to make the fabulous bright dresses for the ladies. It's 100% cotton.

    Looks like Vlisco fabric to me --- Bartex might the technique or another fabric manufacturer. Vlisco is actually a Dutch company that makes fabric for the African market. Go figure.

    Check out the latest fashion show here:
    http://www.vlisco.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I have yards and yards of African fabric - just like yours.
    Toss it in the machine if you want.

    I rarely prewash - only the solid hand-dyed (meaning non-commercial ones).

    But it's fine if you do - this fabric is used to make the fabulous bright dresses for the ladies. It's 100% cotton.

    Looks like Vlisco fabric to me --- Bartex might the technique or another fabric manufacturer. Vlisco is actually a Dutch company that makes fabric for the African market. Go figure.

    Check out the latest fashion show here:
    http://www.vlisco.com/
    Boy -o-boy, this is some beautiful stuff. Did I say beautiful?
    beautiful and beyo!nd

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    Boy -o-boy, this is some beautiful stuff. Did I say beautiful?
    beautiful and beyo!nd
    Kinda makes it hard to go back to the boring Moda florals ;-)

    We used to order bolts (6 yds) and split amongst a group.
    I still have boxes of this stuff.

    There are a lot of knockoffs but the Vlisco ones are the top of the line.
    Although there are also a lot of counterfeit Vlisco ones out there.

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    It might be fabric like they used to have for tablecloths and outdoor furniture. I think it was called "oilcloth". The wax was intended to make it waterproof or at least water resistant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    It might be fabric like they used to have for tablecloths and outdoor furniture. I think it was called "oilcloth". The wax was intended to make it waterproof or at least water resistant.
    Nope. It's 100% cotton fabric.

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    I like the fabric a lot but can't help you with your question.

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    Baritex is a Northern France company that distributes the material from Northern Africa. They do not manufacture or make -- only distribute from them. At least that's what their website states.

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