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10 Amazing Fact About African Ankara Dressing You Should Know

Filed in Entertainment by on December 22, 2019

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Fact About African Ankara Dressing: The name “Ankara” is traced back to when the Turks made a cheaper kind of fabric. Then the fabric was viewed as indigenous because it lacked a glamorous look.

Ankara ordinarily known as Ankara Prints, African Wax Prints, African Prints, Holland Wax and Dutch Wax, is a one hundred percent cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful material and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and themes.

In any event, when these materials were manufactured in the continent afterward, the companies that manufacture them are largely not claimed by Africans.

In the nineteenth century, West Africans embraced the fabric, using and assimilating them into social orders as a part of culture and self-expression, which currently ends up becoming a spectacular African heritage.

Even though Ankara fabrics are associated with the African culture, its origins are not authentically and completely African. Ankara print fabrics are usually sold per yard, six yards or twelve yards.

The fabric company, product, and the registration number is printed on the selvage of the fabric, to advise people of the quality and to protect the designs from imitators.

The wax fabric can be sorted into categories of quality because of the processes of manufacturing. The colors conform to the local inclinations of the costumers. Wax prints can be named after and inspired by personalities, cities, buildings, sayings, occasions or surely understood individuals.

Ankara print is part of our everyday life. With its popularity in global fashion, one doesn’t have to address its significance in the sartorial life of Africans. It’s something we can’t live without, yet it has progressed significantly. Do you know how it has developed throughout the years?

We dug further to find the most interesting facts about Ankara prints that we’re presently enjoying today, and beneath are amazing facts you probably won’t have thought about the Ankara dressing.

1. Ankara print was originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian material market. Yet, by mistake or design, these prints garnered significantly more interest in West Africa than in Indonesia. Recognizing this opportunity, the Dutch chose to concentrate on West Africa. As such, the prints changed to reflect African culture and lifestyle more than other cultures.

2. It is also a versatile fabric and many things can be made from it, for example, hats, earrings, blazers, and shoes to name a couple. To considerably make Ankara an advanced versatile fabric, fashion branders and providers of fabrics have produced Ankara prints on fabrics such as silk, chiffon, spandex for clothing, like kaftans, Iro and Bubas, bathing suits, sports bars, leggings, and socks.

3. Ankara print fabrics are made through an Indonesian wax-oppose dyeing procedure called batik. In this system, strategies are utilized to “oppose” the color from reaching all the fabric, thereby creating a pattern. The lack of disparity in color intensity helps with the determination of the (front) right and (back) the wrong side of the fabric.

4. Ankara print fabrics can be worn for regular occasions, yet many people think of it as a formal fabric and they wear it for special occasions. A few people wear it as “Asoebi” for special occasions, for example, birthdays, weddings, balls and so forth. Asoebi is a Nigerian word and it means “clothes of the family”.

Family members, relatives, and dear companions usually spruce up in similar attire for a special occasion. Styles and designs available for Ankara are countless, which makes it suitable for all people regardless of age and color. The material currently comes in present-day patterns and vibrant colors which make it classy.

5. Ankara print, popularly referred to as Ankara was formally known as Dutch wax print, Real English Wax, Veritable Java Print, Guaranteed Dutch Java, Veritable Dutch Hollandaise. It was originally produced for the Indonesian market but then, it found a more demanding market in the West of Africa, where it has become modes of traditional and top-notch fashion.

6. Ankara prints made an entrance into West Africa through Gold Coast now Ghana, where they became images of high caliber and fashion. From West Africa, Ankara spread to various parts of Africa and all around the world. Based on the fact above, the origin of African print isn’t associated with any African country, but instead, European. That being said, the material is primarily associated with Africa mainly because of the tribal-like patterns and themes.

7. Nigeria has redefined Ankara to the world; the country is a major market for the material. Be that as it may, the local manufacture of the material is being hampered by smuggling and unfair trade practices. Ankara fabrics have been the ideal decision of African ladies.

More recently, Ankara fabric has been utilized to make bags, shoes, earrings, note pads, bangles, and neck scarves. Ankara tops and jackets are a typical feature in offices on Fridays when the time has come to dress down and go somewhat casual.

Fact About African Ankara Dressing

8. Chinese manufacturers came into West African material markets through African traders who had traveled to regions in China, for example, Shandong to reproduce fabric samples cheaply, which were to be sold in their particular nations.

After the fruitful entrance of Chinese material manufacturers and the acquisition of manufacturer based in Manchester by a Chinese company, Ankara fabric became one of the cheapest traditional fabrics. For instance, other African fabrics like Aso Oke are saved for special occasions, yet Ankara is utilized for everyday wear.

9. To make Ankara fanciful, it is usually mixed with other lovely fabrics and designs. Present-day designers like Lunar, Aimas, Tiffany Amber, MoMo, Gloss, and Cranberry have helped redefine the appeal of the fabric.

Designs of Ankara are presently mind-blowing, featuring in many catwalks and winning many fashion awards. Ankara fabric can hold colorfast without getting stained significantly, this makes it exceptionally competitive toward the Western adire material.

10. Since the origin of Ankara print is complicated and its design is the outcome of so much cultural appropriation and re-appropriation, so no country or producer has emerged out to claim a copyright.

Ghana is said to be home to good and top-notch wax print manufacturers including Woodin, a subsidiary of Holland’s Vlisco and ATL which is a subsidiary of Manchester-based ABC materials.

Ankara prints with brand names Europe are the most costly in the West African fabric market. Think of a brand like Vlisco, which is an image of class. And the main European-possessed producer of wax prints.

CSN Team.

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