Ankara: The New Royal Trend

Ankara Fabric and Fashion

  • Also known as “African prints”,”African wax prints” “Holland wax” and “Dutch wax”
  • 100% cotton fabric that’s often brightly colored and decorated with vibrant patterns
  • Made with a wax-resist dyeing technique called batik and sometimes called “wax cotton”
  • Is one-sided meaning the pattern is darker on one side than the other
  • Very versatile and fashionable fabric used to make dresses, skirts, hats, purses, shoes and more

ankara fabric

Ankara Hat and Purse By ARA Ankara

Also called African Print is a cotton fabric with various vibrant patterns. It comes in different designs and colours that will leave you thirsting for more of its dynamic texture. It seemed more like a casual fabric to wear on an unofficial day like Fridays when it all started. Over the years, people have discovered diverse ways of showcasing the beauty that exists in the ‘Ankara World’.

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Here are some examples:

Ankara Fabric

Ankara is the fabric of Africa and is known for it’s bright colors and patterns also known as Ankara prints. You can make many things from these African prints which are all cotton and embellished with African tribal patterns and motifs. Ankara print fabrics are made using batik and wax is used to create the pattern so it’s sometimes called wax cotton.

They come in pieces of 6 yards or 12 yards and with authentic Ankara fabric, the name of the company who made it, along with a registration number is printed on the selvage of the fabric. That’s how you know it’s authentic.

Click on a pattern below to learn more about it:


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You can make everything from skirts to headscarves to trouser pants. Many people wear Ankara for formal or special occasions. It’s even been seen on the red carpet. For example, Victoria Rowell wore an Obama Gown to the 2009 Emmys.

Some Benefits Accruable To Making Use Of Ankara Include:

Reduced Expenses

If you are someone who invests a lot in your looks, then the cost of setting up a wardrobe shouldn’t be new to you by now. If you want to look trendy, savvy and on a not too expensive budget; then Ankara is the right fabric for you. It is affordable but gives you an expensive look.


Unlike other fabrics, Ankara offers you the luxury of rocking it in diverse ways which includes: casual and official wears, ready to wear, customized accessories such as necklaces, wristband and earrings. Shoes are not left out the list.

Unique Fashion Sense

Most people do not know but wearing an Ankara design makes you stand out amongst the crowd. It gives you this sense of comfort and freedom that makes you walk around in it with confidence and a sense of pride.


Ankara offers flexibility in the sense that it fits perfectly into whatever use it has been put into. You can rock an Ankara outfit alongside a bag and shoe to balance it. It simply goes anyway, anytime and anywhere.

African Clothing

Ankara rocked in different ways:

Handmade Ankara fabric hat and matching purse                          

ankara hat
Ankara Hat and Purse By ARA

You can also find a touch of Ankara on other clothing items.

Ankara shoe can be worn to any occasion              

Ankara shoes by ARA Designs


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A jacket with Ankara fabric patch accents

Jacket with Ankara accents by ARA Designs

These and many more ways are means by which you can rock Ankara and give yourself the look you desire. How do you rock yours?

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