• What is Ankara?

The famous African fabric popularly known as “Ankara” or “African print” is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs.

Ankara Print

  • How is it made?

It is made through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called batik.

Here’s a video of the whole process.

  • What has it been used for?

Ankara has mostly been used for clothing and wears yet because of its versatility it has been used to create accessories, jewelry, decor and even footwear. To make Ankara an even more versatile fabric, fashion brands and fabric suppliers have manufactured Ankara prints on fabrics like chiffon, silk and spandex for clothing such as kaftans and bathing suits.

Ankara Print

 

Ankara Print

  • Where did it come from?

This fabric was originally intended for the Indonesian market but found a more enthusiastic market in West Africa, where it became symbols of traditional and high-quality fashion. From West Africa, this fabric spread to other parts of Africa and all over the world.


We hope you enjoyed learning about this versatile fabric as much as we did.


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