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.
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.
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?
Ankara Set – @Wannifuga