Watch African style and history entwine in Wax Print’s colourful trailer

Inde­pen­dent film­mak­er Aiwan Obinyan has released a new trail­er for her doc­u­men­tary uncov­er­ing the his­to­ry of tra­di­tion­al African clothing.

Wax Print: From the Cra­dle to the Grave is an inti­mate look at the style, his­to­ry and sym­bol­ism of ankara (aka Dutch wax-print) fab­rics. Obinyan is plan­ning to take the film on a glob­al tour next year.

The British-Niger­ian film­mak­er trav­elled to Man­ches­ter, the Nether­lands and Ghana, uncov­er­ing the sto­ry of African cloth­ing as a means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, expres­sion and identity.

Along the way, she met with arti­san cloth­ing mak­ers, design­ers, traders, writ­ers, his­to­ri­ans, and proud wear­ers of wax print.

Take a look at the trail­er for glimpse of some of the colour­ful per­son­al­i­ties featured.

Ear­li­er this year, Obinyan held pre­view screen­ings for Wax Print at the Brad­ford Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val and the Young Vic in London.

Speak­ing about the reac­tion so far, she told Fringe Fre­quen­cy: “The response has been over­whelm­ing­ly pos­i­tive with a lot of intense dia­logue sur­round­ing the themes of the film, includ­ing iden­ti­ty, authen­tic­i­ty and who gets to decide what is and isn’t authen­tic. As well as what it means to be African.”

Anoth­er pre­view screen­ing of Wax Print is due to take place at Leeds Uni­ver­si­ty on Decem­ber 3. You can reg­is­ter for tick­ets here.

Image: Aiwan Obinyan