What is ankara fabric? Isn’t it the capital of Turkey? It is the capital of Turkey and it
is also the name of a popular fabric worn by many Africans. So what is Ankara?
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It is also a very versatile fabric and many
items can be made from it such as hats, bags,
earrings, blazers, and shoes to name a few.
To make Ankara an even more versatile
fabric, fashion brands and fabric suppliers
have manufactured Ankara prints on fabrics
like chiffon, silk, spandex for clothing such as
kafans, iro and bubas, bathing suits, sports
bars, leggings & socks.
Ankara print fabrics are made through an
Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called
batik. In this technique, methods are used to
“resist” the dye from reaching all the cloth,
thereby creating a pattern.

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The lack of divergence in color intensity helps
with the determination of the (front) right and
(back) wrong side of the fabric.
Ankara print fabrics are usually sold per
yard, 6 yards or 12 yards. Te fabric company,
product and registration number is printed
on the selvage of the fabric, to notify people
of the quality and to protect the designs from
Te wax fabric can be sorted into categories of
quality due to the processes of manufacturing.
Te colors comply with the local preferences
of the costumers.
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Wax prints can be named afer and inspired
by personalities, cities, building, sayings,
occasions or well-known individuals.
Ankara print fabrics can be worn for regular
occasions, but many people consider it a
formal fabric and wear it for special occasions.
Some people wear it as “Asoebi” for special
occasions such as birthdays, weddings, balls
Asoebi is a Nigerian word and means “clothes
of the family”. Family members, relatives and
close friends usually dress up in similar attire
for a special occasion.
It’s recap time! So what is Ankara?
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Ankara is:
Commonly known as “African prints”, “African
wax prints” “Holland wax” and “Dutch wax”,
100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns,
made through a wax-resist dyeing technique
called batik.
Very versatile fabric, many items can be made
from it such as hats, bags, earrings, blazers,
and shoes to name a few
Even though it is associated with the African
culture, its origins are not authentically and
wholly African. Dutch wax prints started out
as mass-produced imitations of Indonesian
batik fabric.
It is also the capital of Turkey!