africa week: ankara inspiration

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I love the bright colour and quirky patterns of ankara fabric. Originally produced by the Dutch for the Indonesian market, the wax print fabric took off in Nigeria and became known as ankara after the Turks produced it for cheaper (a fascinating history, no?).

Similar material produced here in Kenya is called kitenge, but everyone seems to agree that the best fabric comes from West Africa. I wish I’d bought more when I was in Ghana back in 07, but I’ve picked up a few beautiful pieces here in Nairobi and am constantly on the look out for a great tailor to get something made. The images above serve as inspiration!

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3 thoughts on “africa week: ankara inspiration

  1. You could always try biashara street for a tailor, there’s a really great one who made me a couple of gorgeous dresses, unfortunately I can’t remember exactly where his shop was other than the facts that it wasn’t far from the junction with Muindi Mbingu Street.

  2. Ah good idea! I’ve bought a lot of fabric there but hadn’t even thought to ask around for tailors. There’s one at Lavington Green I’d also like to try out 🙂

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