Wash Care Advice for African Print Clothing

We thought it would be helpful to share with you the best way to care for your African print clothing so that you get your monies worth! If looked after properly kitenge (or ankara) clothing can last for many years if the fabric is high quality and original.

The popularity of modern African print clothing is on the rise. Some are discovering it for the first time while others have worn it all their lives, it is part of their culture and reminds them of home.


Kitenge Store's latest African print clothing collection SS17


Kitenge Store’s unique and colourful made to measure African print clothing


Caring for African Wax Print Fabrics

Our bold and vibrant, original African wax print fabrics are produced in Nigeria using local cotton and have excellent colour fastness so the colour will look exactly the same after each wash.

Pre-Washed Fabric

We pre-wash all our fabrics in Tanzania (at one of the many small businesses we support) before taking them to our tailors to make into beautiful, handcrafted mtm clothing.

We do this to shrink the 100% cotton fabric as much as possible before it is cut and sewn by our tailors. This means that if you follow our wash care instructions the item of clothing will not shrink again when you wash it in the machine at home.

It also helps to soften the fabric before we pass it on to our team of talented tailors, which makes it is easier for them to cut and sew our stylish and perfect fitting African style shirts, trousers, shorts and pencil skirts for all shapes and sizes.


Pol in Tanzania helps us to pre-wash our african wax print fabrics before we take them to our tailors to make into african print clothing


Paul helps us to pre-wash our African wax print fabrics in Tanzania before they are made into made to measure garments


How to wash African Print Clothing

To help ensure the longevity of women’s African print clothing and African menswear we recommend that you follow these simple wash care instructions:

1) Machine (or hand wash) cold with similar colours. We recommend 30 degrees or a cold wash setting if using a machine.


Kitenge Store using a washing machine in tanzania to pre-wash their african wax print fabrics


2) Turn the clothing inside out when washing in the machine

3) Use mild washing powder



4) Use a gentle machine setting such as ‘hand wash’ to avoid the spin cycle

5) Line dry out of direct sunlight

6) Iron using the cotton setting

We hope you have found this blog post useful. If you have any more questions about caring for your African Wax Print Fabric, please get in touch.

You can browse our unique collection of made to measure African print clothing by visiting our African boutique online. If you would like to keep in touch you can also subscribe to our mailing list. We send out a monthly e-newsletter with our latest news, blog articles, behind the scenes footage from Tanzania, offers and promotions.

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