African prints are known for its intricate composition of designs that portray the culture, tradition and history of Africans. All this incorporating prints, If added to your style will make it stylish and makes one look elegant.


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The textile used to make African prints is called Ankara fabric that is also referred as African wax prints fabric. The Ankara fabric is known for its colorful African prints and is deeply associated with African clothing. One of the best things about Ankara fabric is the intensity of its African prints which does not change compared to other printed textiles that fade quickly. This is because of the “wax resistant” technique used in printing the textile.

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African prints in  Ankara fabric can be handmade or produced on a large scale textile machines. If you want a unique African print, then go for handmade Ankara for where no two patterns are the same. On the other hand, machine-made Ankara typically has imperfections or a “crackling” effect.


Won't it be unbelievable to find out that the African textiles aren't originated in Africa? In 1846, there was a high demand for printed cotton, so Dutch entrepreneur Pieter Fentener Van Vlissingen mechanized the method used to make prints on batiks—a popular cloth worn in Indonesia. Yes, the African textile that is known as ‘Kitenge’ in East Africa and ‘Ankara’ in West Africa was first produced in Indonesia.

The method of producing African print fabric is called batik, a process where designs are printed onto the cloth using wax before using dye. You’ll notice the crackling effect on the African textile, and it is caused by the wax-resist dyeing technique. His company, Vlisco, introduced the printed textile to Ghana, and the fabric has gained an African identity.

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 Despite Ankara uniqueness, many materials are pirated and sold to the market. If care is not taken , an individual might end up buying the wrong material. While the difference between fake and original Ankara fabrics is difficult to know, it’s pertinent to note that the time must be invested in learning about the original Ankara fabrics. That learning saves you against market scams and guides your selection processes.

Factors to consider when choosing Ankara product include :

COTTON: Ankara is 100% is cotton. There are so many products in the market today carrying Ankara designs but are not cotton like. Many people have mistaken materials like silk, jersey, satin and even denim for Ankara. Can they be blamed for such decision? Absolutely No. Anyone can fall victim of such poor buying decision. That’s not merely because of quick buying decision but as a result of the print on the material. The print can be confusing and deceptive and bears complete resemblance with the original Ankara material. Materials of partial or no cotton is a bad Ankara fabric.

RESISTANCE: Quality Ankara fabrics are excellent resistance of scratches or accidental abrasive movement. An Authentic Ankara material is smooth to touch and soft on the skin. They have good high resistance to damages. Their prints are made through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing techniques called BATIK. So such high standard print hardly scratches easily. If the material are great, it will be extremely difficult for them to get scratches easily.

STRENGTH: Ankara fabrics are popularly strong. They are widely used not for only sewing clothes but are also relevant in bag and shoe making industry. With high-tech production equipment, Ankara is used to make quality and durable shoes. If that be the case, it’s challenging to see Ankara tear easily. The material is not too thin and soft which makes it have good strength. That’s one of the unique aspect of the material.

    SOFT TOUCH: Even with the strength and resilience of Ankara, the fabric is still one of the smoothest to touch. If it can be crumped easily and restored to its shape, it means the Ankara is of great material. Any material that is too hard is never a right Ankara fabric. It means that the material is not cotton and of good material.

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      WATER : Ankara is expected to absorb water and dry equally fast. Within few hours, the washed Ankara dries quickly, So buyers don't have to spend their day to dry their clothes after laundry. Also, quality Ankara doesn’t bleed when dipped in water.


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