Ankara commonly known as “African prints/African wax prints has gained popularity in the global fashion scene very recently. The material is primarily associated with Africa mainly because of the tribal-like patterns and motifs.
The ankara fabric was first made in Europe. Ankara was formerly known as Dutch wax print. It was originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market. Views differ as to how Dutch wax prints entered the West African market. One predominant view however is that it did not do well in the Indonesian market for some reasons, hence the target market was shifted to West Africa.
So, in conclusion, it was widely accepted in West Africa and we owned it. Our people have infused a lot of our styles and designs in it and we can actually claim it as ours.
Ankara is a very versatile fabric and in appreciaation of this fabric, our people have found even more creative ways to rock it. It has been made into earrings, necklaces,bags, blazers, shoes and a host of other fashion pieces. To make ankara an even more versatile fabric, fashion brands have manufactured ankara prints chiffon, silk, spandex e.t.c. It has been made into swim wears, pants e.t.c.
So, today we wear the ankara to promote our own culture.