Understanding Ankara

Ankara print fabrics are usually sold per yard, 6 yards or 12 yards. The fabric company, product and registration number is printed on the selvage of the fabric, to notify people of the quality and to protect the designs from imitators. The wax fabric can be sorted into categories of quality due to the processes of manufacturing. The colors comply with the local preferences of the consumers. Wax prints can be named after and inspired by personalities, cities, building, sayings, occasions or well-known individuals.

Ankara print fabrics can be worn for regular occasions, but many people consider it a formal fabric and wears it for special occasions. Some people wear it as “asoebi” for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, balls etc. Asoebi is a Nigerian word and means “clothes of the family”. Family members, relatives and close friends usually dress up in similar attire for a special occasion

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