Tie-Dye was initially the most known, loved and used African print on fabric. It came in various types like kampala, indigo, batik and so on.
Nowadays, widely demanded and used in West and Central African countries, is Ankara, a 100% cotton (poly cotton) fabric. Its texture is so soft it can be used to make basically any style genre of clothing, traditional, formal, sexy, casual you name it. It is also very durable and can be cared for by hand washing or dry cleaning.
You know how the visa rejection letter goes, the bit that states you do not have economic, social and financial ties with the country you are applying from? Well, that cannot be the case for ankara in Ghana where it is primarily produced; and has got such strong cultural importance for them. 🙂
Concord, Star and Shell are various pattern references to Ankara. Hollandis is a copy of ankara with lower quality and generally produced in Holland. Woodin on the other hand is a really popular type of Wax fabric, very good quality, a tad more pricey and making huge waves.
Successful African designers have also really embraced the ankara fabric; Jewel by Lisa, Tiffany Amber, Odion Mimonet amongst others continually infuse Ankara in their collections.
Last week, our feature, Yetunde’s Sunday look (click here for that post) was an outfit that led me to explaining what aso-ebi was. Well, Ankara is the most used fabric for aso-ebi due to its affordability.
Our lady on her grind this week would show us how ankara can be worn to work.
Sandals: New Look
Belt: Same as Friday
Neckpiece: Same as Friday
Style – Simple
Inspiration – Metrogypsie + Aunt’s Birthday Party + Ankara free day! Today is a close relative’s birthday and I was to go help her get set for her guests. I decided I was going to look Ankara-free today. Happy birthday Aunt Tonia!!!
Jacket: Dorothy Perkins
Hat: No label (Gift)
Style – Casual
Inspiration – The sun. It was a really sunny Sunday and a friend had invited me to a sales event tagged: CULTURE SHOCK & LIWHAN so I donned on my favorite gathered-tiger-print skirt.
There it goes from the tough lady Nonye. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.
Nonye Designs, cuts and sews all her Ankara outfits for herself and for numerous clients. She’s an upcoming designer who combines business and work for a living and for fun in the F.C.T.