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 The word “ankara” is used to denote a style of clothing and fabric that prints traditional African designs, colors, patterns, and symbols on cotton using a wax-based process. You may have heard Ankara referred to by different names, such as “kente cloth”, “african wax print”, “kitenge” or “ankara patterns”. 

 

Ankara is called Atamfa in Northern Nigeria. It is particularly loved in that part of the country because it is practical to wear in the hot weather that’s predominant there.

 

Today local stylists have modernised the designs of Atamfa. Designs are now mixed with all kinds of fabrics and trimmings like the Chantilly lace above. 

 

Source: The Skuup