Different types of African Fabrics( Ankara ).

brendasisse | 19.01.2021 | 0 | Fashion

Hello, dear readers still on Africa fabrics am going to be sharing with you my latest findings. Different types of African Fabrics( Ankara ).

African fabrics generally in West Africa is commonly referred to as Anakara and Kitenge in East Africa.

Did you know that each designed African Fabric has a specific name to which it is called and the country where it originates?

People tend to call these fancy fabrics Ankara, but do you really know the difference between them?

Well, today we going to exploit those different fabrics and which country their names originated from.

Read through till the end if you want to look for an African fabric expert when next you go to the market for shopping 😉.

#1 WAX

This is one of the most popular and we see it on catwalks and fashion shows worldwide.

The Ankara originated from the Dutch before gaining popularity in the Western part of Africa. It is very colorful, fun, full of life, and can be used to manufacture different items due to its infinite patterns

Wax African fabrics

These items vary from shoes to jewelry to even home decors at times.

Designers such as Burberry, Moschino, and much more have become fans of this fabric due to its durability and it’s acceptability worldwide.


This is a very vibrant and colorful fabric and is specific to the Ghanaian culture

Ghanaian Kente fabrics

Historically the fabric was worn in toga-like fashion by royalty among ethnic groups such as the Akan and Ewe people.

In modern Ghana, the wearing of Kente cloth has become widespread to commemorate special occasions, with highly sought after Kente brands led by master weavers.

Ghanaian couples in their traditional kente outfits


Famous in Nigeria, it is usually worn during special occasions such as weddings or funerals.

Asoke fabrics

It is a hand-woven cloth created by the Yoruba people. It is called Top cloth in the English language denoting the fabric is of high status. It is used to make male gowns known as Agbada and hats called fila. Women’s wrappers are also made from this fabric and are called iro meanwhile the head tie is called a gele.

Lovely couple male dressed in Agbada and fila while female beautifully represents the iro wrapper and the gele on her head.


The dashiki is a colorful garment and it has been dominant wear in Tanzania and later Kenya and Somalia. 

Dashiki top and a Kufi hat

 A common form is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines. It is frequently worn with a brimless Kufi cap

Male RnB singer Chris Brown putting on the Dashiki outfit

The name dashiki is from the Yoruba(dàńṣíkí), a loanword from the Hausa (dan ciki), literally meaning ‘shirt’ or ‘inner garment’ (as compared to the outer garment, babban riga).

#5 MUD CLOTH (Bogolan)

Originating from Mali, it is a handmade cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity.

The cloth is exported worldwide for use in fashion, fine art, and decoration.

Wall hanger made from mud cloth fabric

#6 Kuba fabrics

Originating from Central Africa most precisely the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kuba patterns on fabric

Mostly made of rectangular and square patterns on the fabric, women are responsible for transforming raffia cloth into various forms of textiles, including ceremonial skirts, ‘velvet’ tribute clothes, headdresses, and basketry.

Beautifully decorated living space with kuba fabrics

Finally, I’ve come to the end of this article. You can now go to the market square and proudly voice which fabric you looking for thanks to this shared knowledge.

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Blast day to you all. Much love🥰


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