Care for your African Print fabrics.

AJ Taylor

Text Reposted from FashionistaGH


 So while we are all busy rocking our African Prints,  you'd agree that we have challenges maintaining their lustre, not forgetting the complicated embroidery, lace and diamanté stones they are sometimes designed with.

Well, we put together a few tips to help you care for and maintain your African print fabrics. 

First of all, you shouldn't wash your fabrics too often. Instead,  try drying them out in the sun. This way the fabric wouldn't fade too easily and you don't have to worry about loosing embellishments. 

For when you need to wash, gently hand wash and as much as possible,  avoid using harsh detergents. 

lastly, pay attention to the level of heat you apply when ironing.  Most African prints are made of cotton which would require high heat but beware of attachments made of linen, voile and other fabrics and of embellishments which may have glue.

So there you have it. Hopefully with these tips, you'll get more wear and less tear out of your African print fabrics. 


Established in 2009, Ankara House, a subsidiary of CJAJ09, is an independent African fashion design house and clothing store that is all about making style accessible and fashion affordable for the sophisticated, hard working and discerning woman. We believe that culture and heritage should not have to cost that much and that clothes should be an extension of ones style, belief and background; a way to show who we really are. We aim to bring you beautiful, in style and on trend clothing at prices that won't leave you broke. we want you to look good and still have money to spend. Our products are of very high quality and we aim to provide the best customer service we can. 

Our designs draw from the beauty and sophisticated nature of European fashion mixed with the richness and ethnicity of African culture. Our clothes are a mixture of classic, vintage, contemporary and modern styles, which means we can cater to all events and occasions.

Just to help you keep your personal sense of style, we offer modifications on most clothing in store, and we also offer a custom made dress service so just get in touch with us via email at

As of 2017, in our quest to help you get more African print into your life and our effort to serve you better, we have expanded our offerings with the Zahara range, a line of African print home ware and accessories for your life. It's full of African print pieces that will fit right into your life and around your home, adding an instant touch of colour and culture. We have also launched the Ankara Life subscription box, a monthly box delivering clothes, homeware and accessories to your door with no extra hassle for you at all. Because we want to make it as easy as possible for you to live that Ankara Life and have all the print and colour you deserve. 

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