New African Print Bag Collection! May 27 2015
As a lover of patterns, color and textures, I recently became fascinated with textiles from Africa and in particular, Ankara wax print from Ghana. With its bright colors and detailed geometric patterns I was itching to design something that was functional yet chic. Having a talented aunt with a strong knowledge of fashion design and fabrication, I decided to launch an African print bag line to compliment my jewelry line.
Also known as "African Wax Prints” and “Dutch Wax”, Ankara is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. created through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called Batik. In this technique, methods are used to "resist" the dye from reaching all the cloth, thereby creating a pattern. Dutch wax prints started out as cheap mass-produced imitations 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 fabric spread to other parts of Africa and all over the world.