How-to-Take-Care-of-your-African-Fabric-outfit Tribe Afrique

How to Take Care of your African Fabric outfit


Our bold and vibrant, original African wax print fabrics are made in mainly West Africa using local cotton and have excellent colour fastness so the colour will look exactly the same after each wash.

Pre-Washed Fabric

We pre-wash all our fabrics in South Africa (at one of the many small businesses we support) before taking them to our tailors to make it into beautiful, handcrafted designs.

We do this to shrink the 100% cotton fabric as much as possible before it is cut and sewn by our tailors. This means that if you follow our wash care instructions the item of clothing will not shrink again when you wash it in the machine at home.

It also helps to soften the fabric before we pass it on to our talented tailors, which makes it is easier for them to cut and sew our stylish and flattering designs for all shapes and sizes.



To help ensure the longevity of your African Print Product, we recommend that you follow these simple wash care instructions:

1) Machine (or hand wash) cold with similar colours. We recommend 30 degrees or a cold wash setting if using a machine. 

2) Turn the clothing inside out when washing in the machine

3) Use mild washing powder

4) Use a gentle machine setting such as ‘hand wash’ to avoid the spin cycle

5) Line dry out of direct sunlight

6) Iron inside out using the cotton setting

We hope you have found this blog post useful. If you have any more questions about caring for your African Wax Print Fabric, please contact us -

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