Can I wash the fabric?
Yes, as with most fabrics it is good practice to wash and 'press' before you cut and sew. Simply put in your machine on a cool wash. However, given that the fabric has a stiff / waxy finish, you may wish to skip the washing step if you are bag making, for example.
The term ‘African wax print’ is a term of art used to identify a category of textiles in vibrant colours which are printed by machine using wax resins and dyes so that they have a batik-like effect on both sides of the fabric.