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Fashion | The beauty in African print “Ankara”

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Hello my Apples,

Happy palm Sunday to everyone.

So on this post, i will be showing you some amazing creations from african prints.

If you think i am talking about Turkey when i mentioned Ankara, you are definitely wrong (smiling).

Over the years these materials has been widely used by many designers and I’m proud to say Ankara or kente has it is called in Nigerian has been used by all.

African prints is not limited to just making dresses or any clothing materials but has been used in creating amazing designs like shoes, bags, backpacks, bangles, ear rings, necklaces, flops, sandals, notepads cover and so many more.

A LITTLE BIT HISTORY ABOUT ANKARA

Dutch Wax Prints also known as African wax prints and ankara are omnipresent and common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. They are industrially produced, colorful cotton cloths with batik printing. One feature of these materials is the lack of difference in the color intensity of front and back side. The wax fabric can be sorted into categories of quality due to the processes of manufacturing.

The process to make ankara is originally influenced by batik, an Indonesian (Javanese) method of dyeing cloth by using wax-resist techniques. For Batik, wax is melted and then patterned across the blank cloth. From there, the cloth is soaked in dye, which is prevented from covering the entire cloth by the wax. If additional colors are required, the wax-and-soak process is repeated with new patterns.

Ankara is different from Batik in that it is made through the Dutch wax method.

ANKARA IN CLOTHING STYLES

ANKARA AS BATHING SUITS

ANKARA AS BAGS & SHOES DESIGNS

ANKARA AS BANGLES, EAS RINGS AND OTHER DESIGNS

Isn’t this lovely…

Comment down below what you think my apples…

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