Color Blocking: Ankara Color Blocking

Color Blocking is the latest trend this season. I think its very interesting that people come out boldly to express themselves through colors. I will be doing a series on bright colors, or call it “color blocking”. I will start with what i call- ‘Ankara Color Blocking, other clothes/materials, shoes, bags, jewelry and interior design. All these will be on different posts. Enjoy and share your thoughts.


Famously known as ankara fabric (Dutch wax) or in general traditional/African material is a combination of color, history, art and design. The graphic statement on these designs for the most part, mingles with colors and sometimes creates a bold shock in designs. Most ankara designs are inspired by tradition, history, culture, colors and so on. In summary, they have a story behind them. Some of the fabric designs i love are Vlisco and Da Viva. These fabric designers have inspired African clothing designers around the world to create fascinating and mind blowing designs.

The African Fashion Industry has been growing really fast over the last few years. Although we have always had great designers, some designers like Tifanny Amber, Jewel by Lisa, David Tlale, Deola Sagoe, Bunmi Koko, just to mention a few have been able to set the international standard; thereby making a way for other African designers to show their work, both nationally and internationally.

I call this color blocking series part1-Ankara Blocking. Enjoy!

Ituen Basi Collection

I love the Ankara umbrella, bag and shoe idea below 😀

Ituen Basi Collection

Ituen Basi (She rocked this look)


14 thoughts on “Color Blocking: Ankara Color Blocking

  1. Mina O says:

    In a society where we are so into matching purse, shoes & gele (skarf) etc, this is refreshing done the right way as they’ve done it.
    Very nice.

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  4. yasmine says:

    Reblogged this on educatedajebutter and commented:
    good evenning good people…

    how are you..once again its the queen of re blogs. ”giggle”
    how are u doing? its Friday ! yei….kick back, indulge in whatever makes u feel ‘floating’ and switch off your phone. Yes! we sometimes forget that the worked would still continue if we didn’t exist or incapacitated and we give so much of ourselves that even when we are walking ’empty’ we still feel like we owe the world ‘our time’. No we Dont!
    Anyone that makes u feel like that way is a thief.a thief of ur ‘stuff” ( a phrase from the movie ‘For colored girls’)
    This week i have been looking at a few outfits along the lines of ‘Under 30, working professional ,well etiquetted, sexy but not overtly and very very ‘in touch with her inner self ‘ range. I found this post on @venturesafrica writer ‘Laiza Kalu’s blog. this gives u a palette to work with when considering color blocking. There is so much rich color in African fabric that most corporate companies have a ‘native Fridays’ …..
    Enjoy this post .
    Love.light and Exposure.

    Off to a selfish kind of weekend. self-fish with myself and my time

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