I have a love-hate relationship with Ankara (African print,). I love how colourful and vibrant Ankara fabric is but I have a phobia of delving too far out of my comfort zone when it comes to colour so Ankara is usually reserved for weddings and events in Nigeria. I rediscovered my love for Ankara about a month ago when I decided to rearrange my wardrobe. I randomly pulled out this Ankara dress which had been custom made for me a few years ago but had never seen the light of day. I have since dusted off the rest of my Ankara pieces and to be honest as spring is here, it is the perfect time to add come colour to my wardrobe.
For those who are still unclear about what Ankara actually is, Ankara is the word used to describe the bright printed fabric that is inspired by African fashion. The fabric was originally manufactured by the Dutch but, by has garnered significantly more interest in West African & is primarily associated with Africa mainly because of the tribal-like patterns and motifs.
“An image of ‘African fabric’ isn’t necessarily authentically [and wholly] African” – Yinka Shonibare