Nigerian designers can still explore more traditional details/tell African stories without using Ankara. This popular print (Ankara) is one of the most versatile prints used all over the world right now and it’s hot no doubt but there are others that are patiently waiting unexplored and what’s wrong in tapping into that? Why not tap into it and create your own style from it.
Ankara has been used so much it has to get a break! It’s become a fad that’s getting/got out of hand. From chic designs to basic ones, to bags, shoes, jewelry, Ankara is slowly being or even has been abused and for a fabric that has gone global and influenced major brands that’s unimpressive.
These fabrics are Intentionally made for the Indonesian market by the Dutch but embraced by West Africa, Ankara became the African claim to fashion fame because of the burst of vibrant prints it features.
Ankara is a rich versatile print that has been creatively worked on over the years. There’s no mistaking the fact that this print trend has travelled far and wide. It has become a style item and one that has inspired/ influenced designs from Ririeyefashionhouse .
This iconic fabric (no doubt) created as batik knockoffs for Indonesians will continue to catch on globally but for right now can it just be left to rest?
Can designers get creative with other fabrics that can tell the ‘African Story’ and maybe create their designs on any fabric while at it? That’s telling the African Story creatively.