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Batiks & Waxes in Gambia

There are many stalls and shops to be found in the various craft markets and hotels in Greater Banjul selling batiks and tie-dye. These are often used for clothing such as sarongs and shirts as well as handbags and furnishings such as pillow cases and bed sheets. 'Wax' fabrics are cottons printed with African designs, while damask, either patterned or plain, are ubiquitous in The Gambia.

The best place to find batiks is in Serrekunda town at Musu Kebba Drammeh's compound in Dippa Kunda, just off the Mosque Road. It is commonly known as the 'Batik Factory' where you can find on sale lots of textiles such as wall hangings and clothing items such as shirts, headscarves, table cloths, pillow cases, bed covers and wraps.

The best place to shop for 'wax' and damask is on the Liberation Avenue in the capital of Banjul. There are numerous textile importers who stock retail and wholesale quantities in plain as well as vibrant, patterned colours and designs. Tourists can also find these fabrics near and inside the Albert Market in Banjul.

You can also visit the Gena Bes Batik Factory in Bakau on the Garba Jahumpa Road.

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