From Tiwa Savage to Beyonce: The Glitz and Glamour of Ankara Fabric in the Fashion Industry

From Tiwa Savage to Beyonce: The Glitz and Glamour of Ankara Fabric in the Fashion Industry

  • Ankara fabrics have moved beyond casual clothing to become a symbol of brightness and cultural identity for Africans
  • These colourfully made fabrics have experienced a remarkable transformation as a result of modern fashion designers, giving rise to a plethora of new styles
  • From our very own Tiwa Savage to American superstars like Beyonce, Ankara fashion has continued to make distinguishing statements in the global world of fashion
  • In an exclusive chat with, famous Malian fashion designer Mariah Bocoum spoke on the burgeoning growth of Ankara fashion

Fashion has elevated Ankara fabrics from casual wear to an emblem of African vibrancy and culture.

Modern fashion designers have transformed Ankara fabric into unique patterns. From everyday casuals to polished corporate suits, Ankara defines African fashion globally.

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Regina Daniels, Beyoncé, Tiwa Savage rock ankara wears
Regina Daniels, Beyoncé, and Tiwa Savage in stunning ankara styles. Credit: @regina.daniels, @beyonce, @tiwasavage
Source: Instagram

In response to the enormous demand for colourful printed cotton, Dutch entrepreneur Pieter Fentener Van Vlissingen mechanised the printing process, transforming Ankara fabric from Batik. In Indonesia, Batik was famous at the time. Mechanisation made vivid Ankara prints fashionable among fashionistas.

Due to its adaptability, durability, and unique style, Ankara fabric is a fashion standard. Fashion designers increasingly use Ankara creatively, like Oluwaseun Adeyemi of Betrot Stitches and Crafts' gorgeous Kimono jackets, blazers, and pants.

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The fabric blends well with dry lace, jeans, satin, and others. Everything from jumpsuits to beachwear, blouses, hats, and skirts is possible. Ankara influences hair accessories, bracelets, shoes, bags, and apparel.

Recent celebrities like Juliet Uzor, the 2019 BBC's Great British Sewing Bee winner, and Lena King, a vivid clothesmaker and wax print fan, have started Ankara Fabric Appreciation Week, an annual internet event. Each day of this festival, sewing lovers of all levels can present their Ankara designs, with a particular style chosen by the organisers.

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Exquisite Kimono Jacket made from Ankara © Betrot Stitches and Crafts
Exquisite Blazers & Pants made, and a Kimono Jacket made from Ankara/ Beyonce dazzles in African print Credit: @betrotstitchesandcrafts,
Source: Instagram

Ankara cloth is quite popular, even among celebrities and artists like Regina Daniels, Tiwa Savage, and US star Beyoncé, who look glamorous in these intriguing prints. Ankara's popular appeal and assimilation into fashion demonstrate its global cultural significance.

African Ankara fabric's beauty and sparkle continue to attract fashionistas and transcend boundaries, symbolising African heritage and creativity.

African textile heritage is dominating the major fashion stages- Mariah Bocoum

In an exclusive chat with, Malian fashion house Mariah Bocoum highlighted that designers and fashion brands are drawing inspiration from various traditional African fabrics.

in her words:

"I believe that African textile heritage is taking over the major fashion podiums; many are inspired by our woven loincloth, indigo, bogolan, kente, etc."

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The gym enthusiast took to her Instagram page to bless her fans with beautiful new photos of her dressed in an Ankara ensemble.

In the photos, the actress was seen in a sheer-infused Ankara bottom, which featured a mini skirt covered in a black sheer midi length with ruffles at the hemline.


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