TRENDS: The Ankara Revolution

TRENDS: The Ankara Revolution
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By Victoria Apata

Until the 1960s, most wax sold in Africa were made in Europe. But all that has changed. Ghana had several high print wax manufacturing companies, including Woodin- a subsidiary of Holland’s Vlisco; and ATL a subsidiary of Manchester-based ABC textiles however, Africa is yet to own a textile manufacturing company with no links to our European counterparts.

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The question of authenticity regarding Ankara is also yet to be answered. Can Ankara be called African? Well, they cannot be compared to our Adire or Aso-Oke (that is left for weddings and special occasions).

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One thing is for sure; it is very popular and widely accepted across the African continent.

Today Ankara has become a global fashion trend. Celebrities all over the world now sport this African fabric. Beyonce, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong’o, and even Michelle Obama have all sported the print.

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And at home, it is an all-weather. Whether office, night club, church, casual outings, the Ankara comes just handy.

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