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Collaboration

Vlisco x Komono

Ever since our first Komono ‘print’ series, we have been very innovative with our graphic patterns. Actually, making watchbands look good was only the beginning.

Vlisco's heritage is quite unlike any other. Since 1846, Vlisco created unique textiles influencing the fashion landscape in West and Central Africa. These fabrics reflect true Dutch craftsmanship and were originally known as Hollandais from the French word for Dutch. They're still the only brand creating authentic Dutch Wax fabrics recognizable for their unique design, colours and wax craquelé.

Vlisco, since 1846.

A story as unique as their fabrics.

The Snakeskin Print

The Household Gravel (Ghana) - Kponbazé (Panther Skin, Togo) - Kpo Gbaza (Panther, Benin). "The Snakeskin Print", used for this collaboration, is one of the oldest designs still available in the Vlisco archive and registered as design 001 in the records.

The motifs in this design are associated with the gravel around a house, protecting and alerting the inhabitants of intruders, hence the name "The household gravel". The gravel also refers to the immediate family, "sometimes sharp and can cut you deeply", being those who ultimately cause you pain.

The Snakeskin Print, designed in 1922.

The Craftmanship

The three dimensional depth is achieved by marrying design, the unique wax technique and layers of colour. The design is literally built up layer by layer, from applying the drawings using the wax in the first stage to the step-by-step application of colours that combine to create new colours and depth. This unique wax technique results in little imperfections and irregularities in the image which adds to the fabric’s hand made, diverse and layered appeal.

By collaborating with artists and brands from all over the world, Komono is dedicated to adding new layers to your wristwear. Vlisco has everything we look for in a collaboration: they have a huge heritage, they are the true original with a fierce passion for their craft and they’ve got unlimited stories to tell to push things even further. This is the partnership dreams are made of.

All pieces are unique, as a result of the wax craquelé on the strap and the limited series-number etched on the case back. Style your wrist with the perfect match of Vlisco and Komono. Click here for the full collection.