African wax prints are commonly used fabrics for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. They are industrially produced, brightly colored cotton cloths with batik-inspired printing. A key feature of wax prints is the lack of difference in the print design and color intensity between the front and the back of the fabric. Wax prints are a part of nonverbal communication between African women and enables them to carry their message out into the world. Vivid African was print fabrics are called "Kintege" in Swahili. The design of these prints has influenced the international world of fashion design and lifestyle/home decorating. They are an inspirational source for both designers and companies.