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I am extremely excited at the rate at which the fashion industry has fully embraced the use of our very own African Print  fabric – ANKARA.  It has surely become a force to reckon with and it seems there is an insatiable taste for the colourful fabric to be used for anything and everything.

Ankara is now used to create the most beautiful and breathtaking fashion accessories.  You can now adorn yourselves in quirky accessories fashioned out of African print fabrics from head to toe – Hair bands, Earrings, Rings, Brooches, Bangles, Necklaces, neck bibs, Shoes, Bags, Laptop cases etc.

The use of Ankara on accessories isn’t exactly novel, we have Ituen Bassey to thank for the mainstream appreciation of the African fabric gem.  It is safe to say she started the Ankara accessory craze with her Ankara necklaces and Bangles in different sizes way back in 2009.  Back then, you had to be a trend setter and possibly have an innate understanding of art to appreciate the beauties she created out of such a brashly bold local fabric.


Now, many accessory designers have followed suit and they are creating wonderful items out of Ankara and Kente. What’s even more exciting is that they are all so affordable and accessible too.

I have decided to go an extra mile for you, my sweet readers, to offer some names with contact details of some accessory designers and their products (Nigeria & Beyond)I am sure you’ll love.  Trust me, I have loads of accessories from some of these beautiful people, so give them a try.  Let’s just say, this is the continuous and infinte  ‘Rise and Rise of African prints’.

Here it goes. Enjoy looking through the pictures.

Orese African Inspired Jewelry & Adornments

 Visit Orese here on facebook and Shop for her beautiful adornments and more here.

Christie Brown

Visit Christie Brown website here. Mobile: + 233 (0) 244 418477; Tel:+ 233 (0) 302 774901(Ghana contact numbers). You can shop for Christie Brown items in Lagos too at Temple Muse Boutique. Visit their site here.


Ronke for ELLELEROSKE – Visit her site here for more beautiful bags and hair accessories. Call Mobile: 0803 074 6758 (Nigeria).


Kente Laptop case and Kente Chain bag

Clutch bags and Laptop cases/sleeves are just some of the items from Tote – visit Tote by Bola Obileye for more inspiring items.  Call: 0802 411 3305.

Accessories by Naledi

We introduced accessories by Ayo Naledi on in 2011, click here for more beautiful creations. Call 0806 405 1184 (Nigeria).

Design For Love (DFL)

Gorgeous clutch bags with wooden frames, delicate small purses with a vintage feel are just some of the things you can get from DFL. 360NoBS Fashion had a chat with DFL, check out the interview here as it showcases some great designs from the brand. You can also visit DFL here.  Call DESIGN FOR LOVE: 0802 901 8185 (Nigeria) .


Marazetti(Liberia) makes shoes and I love them all.  Visit the marazetti website here and shop here.  There is also a facebook page to see new items as they are added.

These are other items I found but with no idea of the designers.  If you do know you can share in the comment box below.

Thanks to Mide, the big hoop kente earrings in the picture above are from AKEYNO, based in the US. Visit the site for some well made ankara and kente bowties and other quirky items for the ladies too.


Found the website for this lovely oilcloth rucksack, here is the website  and you can email for more information and more beautiful bags to snap up.

RALIAT: 0706 405 6997 and CECELI: 0703 898 5289

Mayreejay About Mayreejay
Maryanne Alabi, popularly known as Mayreejay is a wardrobe consultant, CEO of her self named company "Maryanne Alabi". Deputy editor for Bloke mag, contributing Fashion editor for Y!Mag. Fierce lover of and everything Glamorous!! Follow me on twitter @mayreejay for fab fashion updates.


  • i like ankara

  • really lovely stuff but I absolutely love the leather ruck sack/the bag in the second-last picture, who is it by or where can I buy it?

  • The earrings in the 4th pic from the bottom (right side) are from a US based jewelry designer. You can find her stuff at :)

  • Elleleroskie all Τђё way. But what about designs & concepts for men? Fola, Abuja Nigeria.

  • D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊$’s so cute buddy.

  • The use of ankara is very nice. All the products are beautiful.

  • oh my… what a very beautiful way to use ankara. i feel like having almost everything up there in my closet. they’re all very beautiful and creative- that’s africans for you, beautiful and creative…

  • Mayreejay

    Hello mirah,for the leather Rucksack, you can mail:,so you can view other nice bags and get any lovely one your desire.thank u dear

  • Mayreejay

    Hello fola, not to worry,I will put up some more contact details for ankara accessories for you guys, like ankara bowties etc. U can send me your email addy and I’ll send to u. Tx u so much

  • WOW, these are so beautiful!!! Ankara is really so colourful and beautiful!!! And the dessigns and combinations are just fabulous. African fashion is really growing. These designs and accessories will make you stand out anywhere and anyday. Kudos to the designers for stepping the fashion game in Africa.

  • Dear,

    i am so interested in having ankara’s designers !!!!! I am trying to open a store exclusively for ankara ( clothes, shoes, bags, hair accessories etc….. ) everythi,g that can be made with ankara. So I will be sooooooo grateful if you can help me find those designers even if they are not in africa….thank you so much

    • hello Bedouchka,
      please check out our site: to see if our products fall in the range of ankara accessories you would like to have in your store. then drop us a message on our contact us page to get in touch with you. thanks

  • Hi, i love everything i see and most especially, the fact that we are proud enough to show to the world that Africans are sooooooooo blessed and fashionable in our own heritage, way and style.

  • Love ur print combination, design and the colours…would love to fit ur stuff durring ur model shows

  • Am also into ankara accessories/make-up,
    I would like some advert here too please.

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  • beautiful, will like to meet you

  • great stuffs, beautiful fabrics

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