"I love African fabrics, but what can i do with them?"
The answer, of course, is, "Anything you like. Be creative!"
Ankara used to be a fabric that had no glamour value or fashion importance. It was a regular fabric that would not warrant a second look. This was the perception in Nigeria until 2002 when Ovation magazine popularized the trend locally and every lifestyle magazine had a feature on Ankara and its versatility.
Years back, lace fabric dominated the Nigerian traditional attire fashion scene; it was the ‘in thing’; now, Ankara’ (African prints) has taken over in a big way.
Everywhere you turn, Ankara is in-demand; you see people wearing ‘Ghana’, ‘Ivory Coast’ and ‘London Wax’ Ankaras. And the best part of it all is that it is affordable *wink*
African print (Ankara) has taken a huge leap from the streets of West Africa to the hottest red carpets, videos and runways around the world.
It’s about time West African fashion/fabrics got some mainstream recognition. I just wish that apart from Jewel by Lisa, Redbutton Clothing Company & Deola Sagoe, other African designers who are masters at manipulating Ankara fabrics are the ones getting paid to showcase their designs.