November 15, 2017 - Products

Wash Care Advice for African Print Clothing

Kitenge Store's modern african print clothing worn by models in Tanzania

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 Spring/Summer 2017 collection


Caring for African Wax Print Fabrics

Our bold and vibrant, original African wax print fabrics are made 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 it into beautiful, handcrafted designs.

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 talented tailors, which makes it is easier for them to cut and sew our stylish and flattering designs 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

Pol helps us to pre-wash our fabrics in Tanzania before they are made into African print clothing


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 inside out 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 latest collection of African print clothing by visiting our African boutique online and keep in touch by subscribing to our mailing list below. We send a monthly newsletter featuring our latest blog posts, new product launches, offers and promotions.


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