The Ankara is a beauty, however, to maintain this beauty, this fabric has to be treated with utmost care. You treat the legendary Ankara anyhow, it loses its shine and you lose your fabric.
The first step to take before washing your print clothing is to test whether it’s bleaching or not. Add your washing soap to a little portion of your fabric, Add water, then wash.
If it removes colour, then it’s bleaching and should be separated from other fabrics. Either ways, its best practice to separate your Ankara patterns from non-ankara clothing. The safest and best way to clean your African print fabrics is to hand wash them in cold or warm water. If you have to use a washing machine, wash in cold water on the gentle cycle and skip the spin cycle. Since most African print fabrics are made of cotton, the setting for cotton on your iron is appropriate. However, look out for attachments made of linen and other more delicate fabrics which may require a lower setting.
BY: UMMU KHULTHUM ABDULKADIR