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ABOUT

AYA is an accessory / lifestyle brand, born with Aya, the designer's love & passion for African wax print fabrics. 

African wax prints are beautifully vivid and energetic as if they are inspired by the sun and the blessings of nature. They make the inner person happy just by looking at them.

We wanted to share this happiness given by African wax prints with you, and this is how AYA started. AYA hopes to make your everyday life happier by connecting your favorite patterns to your lifestyle.

AYA's items are handmade with love in Los Angeles, CA.


 

THE MATERIAL

African wax prints we mostly select are called Dutch wax, mainly from VLISCO, a long-established company with over 170 years of history in the Netherlands. VLISCO is considered the top brand for the highest fabric quality in the world, among African fabrics.

We hope you will enjoy the designs and colors of African fabrics on AYA’s products as well as the distinguished quality of 100% cotton-wax print.

 

WHAT IS WAX PRINT?

African wax prints are dyed double sided with machines so that the color intensity of the front and back side are identical and beautiful.

The fabric is made with about a 27 step production process, including craftsmanship by hand and machines. It is exquisite material and every inch is one of a kind. The bold designs are often inspired by Africa's cultural history, as well as contemporary objects.

 

THE PROCESS

The origin of African wax prints isn’t certain, but it is said that it came from Indonesian Batik. Wax print is the traditional dyeing technique carried out by applying wax to the fabric. Tree resin is one of the most important ingredients as it adds resistance and strength to the fabric.

This dying technique utilizes the characteristics of wax; it resists water, solidifies at normal temperature and melts at high temperature. The process of dying is a repetition of drawing patterns with wax, dying with colors, then washing after getting rid of the wax. For complex designs, many layers of wax are applied followed by its own dye dip. Also, the cracked patterns seen on Wax prints give a distinctive element of design and depth to the fabrics.

 



DESIGNER PROFILE

Aya Horinouchi, an alumna of Parsons School of Design in Communication Design, first discovered African textiles while doing research on fabrics in Brooklyn, New York. African wax print fabrics became her obsession & passion soon after, and she started making accessories.