Our Fabrics

Ankara – this is the star of our show, there has been a rebirth of Ankara in the past few years, and this is because it is versatile, colourful and vibrant and carries out a design well. The fabric is now worn by the high and mighty, with the likes of Beyonce and Rhianna, showcasing lovely designs in them. It now comes in several swirly, architectural, abstract, flowery designs, when we do justice to an Ankara fabric or stylishly mix it with other fabrics, YOU will certainly appreciate the result.

Ankara are vibrant patterns of very rich colourful designs. It is mostly made of 100% cotton or cotton poly material.  Originally the wax resist dyed fabrics were exported to the Gold Coast and spread over West Africa into Central Africa and were largely produced in Nigeria.  They became extremely popular over time and were initially worn as every day casual outfits customized to suit the designs of the person wearing it. Nowadays they are primarily made in Ghana and have a strong cultural, social and economic importance.

The Ankara fabric, formerly referred to as Dutch Wax from Holland, only became known as “Ankara” when the Turks started making a cheaper version. Interestingly enough, Nigeria, being such a vast and insatiable market, encouraged the birth of entrepreneurial fabric magnates.

Aso Oke

Aso oke fabric, (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people of south west Nigeria. Aso oke means Best cloth in the English language. Usually woven by men, the fabric is used to make men's gowns, called Agbada, women's wrappers, called IRO, and men's hats, called fila.

Kente Cloth

Kente cloth, known locally as nwentoma, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast.


Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in coloured silks and with or without gold and silver threads. The name, related to the same root as the word "broccoli," comes from Italian broccato meaning "embossed cloth," originally past participle of the verb broccare "to stud, set with nails," from brocco, "small nail," from Latin broccus, "projecting, pointed."[1]

Brocade is typically woven on a draw loom. It is a supplementary weft technique, that is, the ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The purpose of this is to give the appearance that the weave actually was embroidered on.


Damask (Arabic) is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern.

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