By now you've probably seen so many different African print styles so much so that it is now valued at $31 billion.  Let's break it down though starting with the term Ankara.

Ankara can have different variations depending on the wax.  The most popular being "Holland wax"or "Dutch wax."  Those are not made in Africa but rather in, you guessed it, Holland.  That specific wax is the most popular due to how thick it is as opposed to the fabric made in China.  

While often paired with Africa, most specifically West Africa, the origins are actually Indonesian.  This is an art form known as batik where the wax resists the dyeing technique on the fabric making the actual design.


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