From the past few years, we have seen tremendous growth in the popularity of Ankara fashion. These colorful, ethnic, and vibrant clothing are a common sight throughout Nigeria now, not only at parties & festivals but also in workplaces and even at formal occasions. Even African print clothing is perfect for travelings, such as cruises and beach holidays, as the 100% cotton and vibrant prints will keep you cool and nice. They can also help you stand out in the crowd at a family function or a friend’s casual meeting!
In this blog, we’ll take a look at the origins of this fashion, endless possibilities with the Ankara print, and give some top tips on how to wear your Ankara!
Let’s know What is Ankara Clothing?
Ankara are cotton fabrics with prints of vibrant, ethnic, colorful patterns and are commonly used by Africans, especially in Nigeria and West Africa.
Ankara is also mainly known as ‘African print,’ ‘Dutch wax,’ ‘Holland wax,’ and ‘Kitenge’ or ‘Chitenge’ in East Africa. These fabrics are used to make modern African clothing for men, women, and children, as well as accessories and home decor.
But, by the way, they didn’t appear in Africa, right, but in Indonesia. But as there are many tribes in Africa, they associated the colored patterns with African tribes.
HOW ARE ANKARA PRINT FABRICS MADE?
The colored patterns are made with a wax-based resin, and then the fabrics are bathed in dyes. In this way, the wax prevents the dye from dyeing the material, thus creating a pattern. This technique from Indonesia is called batik, and the resin can be applied several times to create multiple designs. The result is these beautiful prints.
ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES WITH THE ANKARA PRINT
With Ankara, the possibilities are endless! There are so many varieties of use that you can see the print not only on clothes but also on accessories such as bags, hats, turbans, necklaces, and even shoes.
HOW TO WEAR ANKARA DRESSES
Ankara’s print has got out of the world recognition from leading designers and arguably become a ‘global phenomenon! And, of course! Its versatility, richness in color, uniqueness, and timeless appeal makes it one ‘trend’ that will continue catching on globally. They are easy to wear on formal occasions and informal events throughout the year so that you will get your money’s worth.
Tips for wearing Ankara clothing:
Knee-length, African print dresses can easily be worn to work with a plain colored cardigan, tights, and classy shoes, to a party or wedding with a matching clutch bag, and bold statement jewelry such as a black beaded necklace or gold African beaded bracelet.
If you prefer a casual or formal look, you can also go with Ankara dresses with (or without) leggings, sandals, and a matching Ankara hairband.
In wearing Ankara to the workplace, keep it simple, elegant, and classy. For example, you can wear an Ankara dress with a collar that will look stylish and fits right into the workplace. Either pair an Ankara pencil skirt with a denim shirt, and you are ready to go.
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