All Things Ankara Fashion Week
“First Ever Ankara Print Fashion Week”
8/6/2015, 3:32 p.m.
All Things Ankara presented the 2nd Cycle of All Things Ankara Fashion Week taking in Silver Spring, Maryland last week.
All Things Ankara is a fashion blog that showcases Ankara print fashions from all over the world. It is the #1 destination site for Ankara Print Fashion. Over the last few years, All Things Ankara gained its popularity on Instagram (with currently 23,000+ followers) and in April 2014 an official online blog was launched.
All Things Ankara produces All Things Ankara Fashion Week and the All Things Ankara Ball.
All Things Ankara Fashion Week launched in October 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Ankara also known as “Ankara Print”, “African Prints”, "African Wax Prints”, “Wax Prints”, “Holland Wax” and “Dutch Wax”, is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of the tribal-like patterns and motifs. The cotton fabric is versatile and utilized in various industries, such as:
Clothing, Accessories, Footwear, and Furniture.
Ankara is made through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called Batik. In this technique, methods are used to "resist" the dye from reaching the entire cloth, thereby creating a pattern. Even though Ankara is associated with the African culture, its origins are not authentically and wholly African.
Dutch wax prints started out as an inexpensive mass-produced imitation of Indonesian batik fabric. It was originally intended for the Indonesian market but found a more enthusiastic market in West Africa, where it became symbols of traditional and high quality fashion.
From West Africa, this unique luxurious fabric spread to other parts of Africa and all over the world. Ankara has recently gained popularity in the global fashion scene from the likes of Beyoncé to the Vice President’s wife Jill Biden wearing it in their outfits.
All Things Ankara Fashion Week is the first ever Ankara Print Fashion Week to exist. It is a series of fashion events that showcases, highlights, and celebrates Ankara Print Fashion. It is used as an economic platform to highlight and introduce emerging and established Ankara Print inspired designers and small businesses to the general public and untapped demographics.