Vlisco’s heritage is quite unlike any other. For over 170 years, we have been creating original, high-quality textiles that have become part of the fashion landscape and many traditions and memories across Central and West Africa. Longstanding histories and captivating stories go hand in hand. Dive in to our timeline of historical events that tell our Vlisco story.


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The Founding of Vlisco

In 1844, Pieter Fentener van Vlissingen, often referred to as Pieter 2, took over his father’s cotton printing mill in Helmond, The Netherlands. Two years later, he renamed it P.F. van Vlissingen & Co., now known as Vlisco.

Seydou Keïta


One of the African photographers that captured the Vlisco-Africa connection is Seydou Keïta.

Nelson Mandela


February 11. On this day in 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The release sparked great joy all around the world and to commemorate this historical event Vlisco made a Java-print with Mandela’s portrait.