Formerly known as Dutch wax print, Ankara is a 100% cotton fabric originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market. But, by mistake or design, these prints garnered significantly more interest in West Afrika than in Indonesia. As such, the prints changed to reflect Afrikan culture & lifestyle more. Afrikan print was henceforth born.

Regardless of how Dutch wax prints precisely entered West Afrika, one can conclude that they have found a more enthusiastic market in the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana) where they became symbols of high quality & fashion. From the Gold Coast to Guyana, these fabrics spread and has been widely accepted into other markets globally.