Ankara – The new Fashion must-have

African print, prominently known as Ankara, has picked up notoriety in the worldwide fashion scene since 2010.  Ankara is an often colorful fabric mostly worn by people from Nigeria. For this reason, the material was mostly associated with Africans, especially West Africans. Until about 6 years ago when this popular fabric became a global street fashion revolution. This newly found love for this playful fabric has started new conversations about the authenticity of the origin of Ankara. While Africans claim Ankara as their traditional attire, history may prove this to be wrong.

Ankara was once known as Dutch wax print. The Dutch produced it for the Indonesian material business sector. Be that as it may, by mix-up or outline, these prints earned essentially more enthusiasm from West African than in Indonesia. Perceiving this open door, the Dutch chose to concentrate on West Africa. This is why the prints changed to reflect African society and way of life more. 

Now that we have this information. I need to get in my feelings a little. The so-called Ankara that I grew up being so proud of was, in fact, a Dutch product.

I did a  shrimp fried rice binge and pushed it down with a Coke Zero. I started to ask questions. Am I right in my assessment? Maybe not, it may have been made for the Indonesians, but Africans adopted it and by so doing, it is rightfully an African print correct?

My Ankara Resolve

Almost as soon as I resolved to the fact that it does not really matter the country of origin, I remembered something from my childhood that made sense.  Ankara prints were often brought back to Africa by people who traveled out of the country.

As a matter of fact, many of the “African materials” mostly worn by Africans are made internationally. What have I learned? Fashion does not become obsolete. It only evolves, just like the world. For this reason, all fashion, no matter where it started, will somehow intersect with another region in the world.