How To Spot Fake Ankara Material From The Original


Ankara also known as “Ankara prints”, “African prints”,”African wax prints” “Holland wax” and “Dutch wax”, is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually colorful and very beautiful with different print designs and patterns and commonly wore by Africans.

Well, its common to see the fake copy of any product that is commonly used here in Nigeria so its best to always give tips on how to identify original from fake products like we did here with this article on How to Identify Real Human Hair. Everyone deserves to get a value for their money.

Here are a few tips to watch out for when shopping for your new next Ankara fabric:
Ankara fabrics tend to have a deeper color and the fake ones always have a copy printed on one side of the fabric, whereas the real Ankara has the designs printed on both sides and always very difficult to the back of the Ankara from the front.

Unique Designs:
There are hardly loads of fabrics because of the method used to produce the real ones.
According to, As African prints are produced using the wax-resist method, there are usually some slight imperfections in the dye work and pieces will be unique. Fancy fabrics, on the other hand, are more uniform in appearance and the printed patterns tend to be more precise.

Depending on the producer of wax prints, many of them – particularly those produced in Africa – may be one of a kind, whereas fancy fabrics are produced on mass for their target mass-market.

Length and Size:
Original ankara materials are always printed in 12 or 6 yards i.e either printed in full (12yards) or half piece (6 yards). If it is printed in any yard shorter than the original length, kindly return because it is fake.

It is always smoother when touched. If it is rough or coarse, then it is possibly fake.

Water Resistant
Fake ankara materials always wash off its colour when dipped into water. To test this, put a little water on your palm and just rub it on the body of the material. If it wears off, then its super fake.

Original Ankara fabrics always have the manufacturer’s name, product name and design number printed at the selvage of the fabric.

With these tips, i hope you remember to look and test properly before you leap!

I know @Otumininu deals with Fabrics alot so please you can add up more tips if there are any.


Thanks for this tip.


@pretyprexy u’ve said it all. The coarseness is one major thing to look out for. In addition, it’s important to note that a good quality ankara is not sold for anything less than 3500 for 6yards!


So anyone sold at N1500 for 6yards is fake?


Some are fake while some are just of low quality