Ankara

Ankara is the name of a popular fabric worn by many Africans. Ankara fabric commonly known as “African Prints”, “African Wax Prints” or “Dutch Wax” is a 100 percent cotton fabric often differentiated by its vibant patterns. It is very colorful and associated with the African continent because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs.

Ankara is very versatile, and can be used for a number of productions. In more contemporary years, Ankara has made a fashion debut in the Western world and more people are aware of its uses and origin.

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This Ankara set was sent to me by Nigerian designer @wannifuga. The Ankara fabric was not made by her, but it was sourced and designed by her.

The material of this two-piece is very playful and it can be styled a variety of ways. The two piece comes in an off shoulder blouse and wrapper. We all know that the off shoulder trend has been around a while and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Before now, most people I had seen rock this piece wore their wrapper long.

I decided to go vintage with mine, wearing it like our grandmothers and the older generations wore their wrappers. So I folded the wrapper cloth in two and added in a new school element. I tied it the way silk wrappers are tied, with the waterfall element in the front.

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Although vintage, this look is also contemporary and that is what I love most about it. Paired with ballerina flats, the look encompasses some sort of edge to it.

I wore this outfit to my nieces naming ceremony. What do you guys think?

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Outfit Details

Ankara Set – @Wannifuga

Shoes – Zara || I also like this option here 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. raquellotour says:

    Love it! And I got the same shoes, I am obsessed 🙂 RLotour xx

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    1. wovenblends says:

      Thanks darling!

      Yaaay. They are ugly in a beautiful way. I can’t wait to rock them in other ways.

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  2. I always love traditional prints and this one is simply awesome! I love the dress and the way it is styled! You look stunning in it! Thanks for sharing. Do drop by my blog as well : http://styleovercoffee.com 🙂

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    1. wovenblends says:

      Thank you darling :*

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  3. Berry Dakara says:

    Lovely outfit. Ankara is always nice – I’m going to try to see how to wear in the fall and winter.

    Berry Dakara Blog

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