The traditional West African fabric Ankara (yes I know I blog about it a lot) is steadily moving from the preserve of just West African designers to mainstream European brands like Burberry and Aldo. This blog looks at two creatives that have taken the fabric and are using it to make quirky, playful pieces.

Lace and Ankara is a Californian brand of Ankara inspired accessories. They stock mostly arm candy, delicate earrings and necklaces. Check them out:

In Yoruba, the word “ayo” means “joy”. . Their cloth-covered bangles come¬† in three different sizes. Pick your fabric and your size and they’ll make sure you have a bit of joy dripping from your arm.


Light, braided bracelets:


These bow tie rings are super playful and inject a bit of fun into any outfit:

The bow tie bracelets use the regal Kente cloth from Ghana:

You can order the accessories from their website:

Babatunde is a range of ankara hats, umbrellas and laptop cases by Johannesburg stylist Gareth Cowden. The accessories are beautiful and playful.



Babatunde accessories can be bought from Arts on Main in Johannesburg on a Sunday or from their website

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Nzinga is an aspirant media mogul who loves Africa, news and night swims. She started JucyAfrica in 2009.

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