A few distinct elements define a place. These things are usually what makes that part of the world unique to others. It’s the language, a means of understandable communication, that is totally different from others. It’s the culture, that is unique and specific to them. One thing that is truly beautiful, in its display of the culture, tradition and history that comes from a particular place, is the garment that originates there. It usually displays the artistry that runs deep in the DNA of the people. Russia is known for the Sarafan and the Poneva, while Linen can be traced to ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Africa boasts a beautiful range of languages, cultures and so many wonderful garments but for the purposes of this article, we’ll be diving into the one synonymous with this part of the world.
Ankara prints, also known as African wax prints and Dutch wax prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. They are industrially produced colorful cotton cloths with batik-inspired printing. One feature of these materials is the lack of difference in the color intensity of the front and back sides. The wax fabric can be sorted into categories of quality due to the processes of manufacturing. Some wax prints are named after personalities, cities, buildings, sayings, or occasions.
When you’re getting clothes and accessories for your kids, you think of dresses, suits, shorts, jeans etc. but you also need to integrate indigenous pieces to their closets. These pieces need to be vibrant and made with the best quality when it comes to fabrics. Here, we’ll outline a premium range of Afrocentric pieces for your kids so they radiate originality and confidence.
Anyone can make Ankara dresses and other pieces for girls but if you are looking for a unique design perspective, then go for our exceptional range. Let’s begin with a classic silhouette. For a lovely Ankara dress, get our superior red “Embellished Ankara” dress. This sleeveless number is neatly embellished with sparkly stones and it features a round neckline, concealed zipper, a belt plus a leaf-patterned design at the waistline, and a tulle skirt finishing. Its available for girls from ages Two to Eight years. Pair this stunning dress with our classic gold “Metallic Ballerina”, made with the best quality leather fabric. It has thin rubber soles, bowknots, flat heels, and pull tabs. It is durable, fashion forward, and versatile. Its available in sizes 20-39. Finish this exceptional look with our eye catching red and turquoise “Bow with Elastic Band”. It features double bow detailing, two different Ankara Fabrics and an elastic band, for that stretchy fit.
For a dress that is elegant and fun, get our superior red “Mixed Ankara A-Line” dress. It is handmade with organic mixed Ankara fabrics and it features a round neckline, balloon sleeves, and a concealed zipper at the back. The dress is available for girl from ages Eight to Sixteen years. Pair this dress with our shimmery silver “Slip On” sneakers. Unique and eye catching, this exquisite pair features elastic bands at the sides, breathable insoles, and white neatly tailored white rubber outsoles, that are water resistant. It’s available in sizes 36-41. Finish the look with our fashion forward red and white “Fashion Sunglasses” that feature square frames, round lenses, nose bridges that provide support between the lens and face, and reflective lenses that protect the eyes from sun light, in a stylish way.
Baby girls can look adorable and beautiful in Afrocentric looks as well. Go for our eye catching multicolor “Mixed Print Ankara” dress. This sleeveless dress features a round neckline, curved hem, and pleated yellow fabric around the chest leaving an A-shape pattern at the back. It also has a back button placket. This dress is available for baby girls from ages Nine to Twenty-Four months. Accessorize this look with our exceptional gold “Velcro” sneakers. It is made with premium materials, has padded insoles and outsoles that aids comfortable movement. The double Velcro enables easy pull on and off, and this vibrant pair is available in sizes from 20-25.
It’s a general assumption that it’s a simple task, designing clothes with indigenous materials, for boys as the patterns required, are less complicated than the ones for girls. that may carry some merit, however, it becomes important to get Afrocentric pieces for boys that stand out in fashion forward ways, with distinct unique characteristics and styles. For baby boys who you want to stand out in eye catching indigenous pieces, get our quality green “Short-Sleeve Leaf Print Ankara” shirt. It features a front button placket, spread collar, and a grid Leaf graphic print all over. It’s available for baby boys from ages Nine to Twenty-Four months. Pair this beautiful shirt with our sharp plain black “Chinos” trouser. It comes with trendy pocket styling and made from super comfortable chino fabric. Accessorize this look with our sleek black and white “Velcro” trainers that come with double Velcro straps and padded insoles. It also features comfortable soles that combine style and comfort effortlessly.
For a casual look that’s hip and colorful, go for our eye catching multicolor “Short-Sleeve Ankara Print” shirt. It features a spread collar, front button placket, and a curved hem. Its available for boys from ages Two to Sixteen years. Pair this shirt with our exceptional yellow “Slim Fit” trousers that has a slim fit, four pocket styling and belt loops. Its available for boys from ages Three to Fourteen years. Finish up this lovely look with our premium black “Graphic Slip On” sneakers that come with padded insoles and trendy styling. Its available in sizes from 30-47.
For a mixed print, color coded look, ready to wear to outdoor activities like brunch with mummy and daddy or a day at the beach or the poolside, get our quality blue and green “Mix Match Ankara Short” set. The sleeves and collar are made with a unique green Ankara fabric that matches with blue floral designed bodice and a carefully tailored ribbon at the shoulder hemming. The top features a front button placket and curved hem pattern plus a bottom that has a belt loop, front waist button, and a concealed zipper. The set is available for baby boys from ages Eight to Twenty-Four months, and for boys from ages Three to Sixteen years. Pair with our quality black “Casual Lace Up” sneakers. It comes with padded insoles, trendy brown lace-up styling, and brown inserts. This functional pair is available in sizes 36-41. Add another level of style with our very hip navy blue “Stripped Tape Fedora” hat. It features a short brim that provides shade against the sun and its made with premium woven materials. Its available in sizes from 54cm-58cm.
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