Vlisco is a Dutch brand that on the batik technique based textile designs and manufactures for the African consumer.
The company originally dates from the beginning of the 19th century when Jan Willem Sutorius spread from the Rhineland (presumably Steinfurt) in Helmond and established here a modest textile hand printing begins. n 1964 came the merger with Abbas and the steam weaving industry. This was enforced by Unilever. The combination went Texoprint. In 1970, the name “Vlisco” imported-from J.P. Fentener van Vlissingen & Co-Texoprint in 1972 and went on in the holding company Gamma Holding.
As labour costs rose further mechanization was considered and it was a textile printing machine have been developed that hands temples replaced. Vertwintigvoudigde the production speed. In 1993, the last handgestempelde cloth delivered.
Meanwhile, Vlisco remaining as the only producer of imitation batik fabrics. One focused entirely on the countries: Benin, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Congo. Gradually stopped Unilever with distributing the substances, there also this company is focused on its core activities.
Since 2006, the range has expanded with Vlisco Fashion and accessories, Vlisco Vlisco in Africa a number of flagship stores and boutiques developed and all activities are driven by a brand-driven strategy. In september 2010, Vlisco Group by a London private equity firm Actis Capital.