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African Fashion: Ankara

People sleep on ankaras!
Ankara are vibrant patterns of very rich colorful designs. It is mostly made of 100% cotton or cotton poly material. Originally the wax resist dyed fabrics were exported to the Gold Coast and spread over West Africa into Central Africa and were largely produced in Nigeria. They became extremely popular over time and were initially worn as every day casual outfits customized to suit the designs of the person wearing it (

You can buy ankara material and have any outfit you desire made from one. Many designs can be sewn from the material.

Below are just pictures of some outfits people have created using ankara. There’s really no limit when it comes to ankaras!
Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.04.05 PMMyself rocking an ankara dress, I had made for a wedding I was in.
Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.07.43 PMLove the high waisted look! With the yellow top to compliment the shorts.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.08.45 PMThis outfit is adorable. The high waisted pants are too cute!! Very creative outfit.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.09.14 PMLove this outfit and love the long high waisted skirt. People really go out the box!

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.10.45 PMSuper hot ankara jumpsuit!

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.11.18 PMI absolutely love this peplum jumper and I love the spark the pink heels add to the outfit!


Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.13.24 PMThe ankara bow tie is so hot! Love how it matches the skirt! Giving me some ideas lol!

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.13.48 PMYou can never go wrong with ankara pants if you ask me they look a lot better than a lot of regular printed pants found in stores like Forever 21 and H&M. Love the culture in ankara printed pants!

Below are some super hot ankara dresses.

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