Submarine Channel

Since its beginning more than 160 years ago, the company Vlisco, based in Helmond in the South of The Netherlands, makes high quality printed fabrics using a technique adapted from the ancient Indonesian batik, a method the Dutch learned during the time Indonesia was still a colony of Holland. This delicate and time-consuming wax printing and color dyeing process defines the brand’s strong, colourful and unique fabric range. Since 1876 Vlisco has been exporting these fabrics across the African continent where they


Garcons, Adidas, and Printemps, Vlisco re-invented themselves in 2006, as a fashion label in their own right. Customers now flock to Vlisco’s ever-increasing number of flagship stores in major African cities like Benin and Accra, coveting their growing range of products – from ready-to-wear collections, to shoes, bags and accessories.

Video Profile Vlisco



Director: Noud Holtman, Camera: Stef Tijdink, Sound: Benny Jansen, Editing: Casper Sikken, Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering, Production Submarine: Olivia van Leeuwen, Production assistance: Marah Haan, Voice Over: Lotje Sodderland, Music/sound design: Big Orange, Produced by Submarine, Commissioned by DutchDFA.

Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries produced by Submarine commissioned by DutchDFA about architects, graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands.

Dutch Profiles focuses on the conceptual, context-oriented and research-based practice of Dutch designers and includes interviews with, among others: MVRDV, 2012 Architects, Jurgen Bey, Claudy Jongstra, Gerard Unger, Paul Mijksenaar, Marlies Dekkers, Alexander van Slobbe and G-Star.


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