August 6, 2021 - Fabric & Sewing

Kitenge’s African Print Fabric Featured in Elle Decoration Magazine

ELLE Decoration magazine front cover August 2021 issue

It was such as honour to see our authentic, 100% cotton, African wax print fabric featured in the August 2021 issue of ELLE Decoration magazine.

ELLE Decoration UK is a stylish and sophisticated global interior design magazine that showcases a range of style and home décor advice, making good home design accessible to everyone.

ELLE Decoration magazine front cover August 2021 issue The Art Special

The front cover of ELLE Decoration magazine’s August 2021 issue

Kitenge’s popular Yellow Pineapple African Print Fabric made its claim to fame in ELLE Decoration’s interesting article about West African Textiles in the magazine’s style section.

The article explains how vibrant African textiles, including mud cloth from Mali, indigo-dyed adire and handwoven akwete cloth from Nigeria, and kente cloth from Ghana are making their mark in the world of fashion and home interiors.

ELLE Decoration’s ‘Travels from West Africa’ Article Featuring Kitenge

Take a look at the article below:

West African textiles article in ELLE Decoration magazine Travels From West Africa article ELLE Decoration magazine Travels From West Africa article ELLE Decoration magazine August 2021 issue

The West African textiles article in the August 2021 issue of ELLE Decoration magazine


Yellow pineapple authentic African wax print fabric

Kitenge’s authentic Yellow Pineapple African Print Fabric produced in Nigeria, West Africa

Why are Ankara Fabrics so Popular?

Ankara fabrics are hugely popular on the African continent as well as many countries worldwide due to their bright, cheerful colours and bold, fun patterns.

African print fabrics are usually more affordable compared to the luxurious handcrafted traditional African textiles, as they are produced quickly, in bulk, by machines in large-scale factories.

This made the fabrics more widely available and accessible to people, which has helped to increase their popularity. With many tailors available in African countries, people can easily experiment and have fun designing a unique outfit of their choice using fabrics purchased from the market.

The traditional African textiles are often purchased for special occasions such as wedding ceremonies where they are worn or given as gifts. In Ghana, Kente fabric was traditionally worn only by royals of the Ashanti Kingdom but today the cloth can be purchased and worn by anyone.


Otumfuo Osei Tutu 2nd King Ashanti Kingdom wearing handwoven kente cloth Ghana West Africa

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the current King of the Ashanti Kingdom wearing kente cloth

What Can You Make with African Print Fabric?

Kitenge fabrics are extremely versatile as they’re not only great for clothing but can also be used to make unique home décor items such as: cushion covers, curtains, lampshades, table cloths, napkins, upholstery and bedsheets. What’s great is that the print is visible on both the front and back sides.

“I love the colours of the beautiful fabric and look forward to making some beautiful cushion covers!”

Dagmar, Kitenge Store Customer

Get more inspiration on what you could make with African wax print fabric at home.


Yellow pineapple African wax print fabric lampshades handmade by Tropikana using Kitenge Store ankara fabric

Lampshades by Tropikala using Kitenge’s Yellow Pineapple African Print Fabric

Ankara Fabric Clothing Ideas

Kitenge fabric makes for stylish, high-quality African clothing and accessories such as: shirts, skirts, trousers, shorts, dresses, bags, hairbands, headwraps, bow ties, neckties and pocket squares.

With Ankara fabric, there are so many different garments you can have fun creating!

Find out how easy it is to sew with African print fabrics and discover our top tips.


Men's yellow pineapple custom-made African print shirt with long sleeves model wearing front view

Men’s Yellow Pineapple African Print Long Sleeve Shirt Custom-Made by Kitenge

Browse Kitenge’s Colourful Collection of Authentic African Wax Print Fabrics 

While you’re here, why not get inspired for your next sewing project by browsing our latest collection of unique, high-quality, authentic African print fabrics produced in Nigeria, West Africa.


Authentic African wax print fabric designs by Kitenge Store


All Kitenge fabrics are available to purchase by the yard (1 to 6) so you can order the exact amount that you require. There might also be some fat quarters available for quilting projects. If you subscribe to our newsletter you can currently get 10% off your first order!



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