Did you know that the Ankara fabric formally known as the Dutch wax print did not originate from Africa? Amazing right? The technique of using wax-resistant dyes to create patterned fabrics is believed to have originated in Indonesia, where it is known as batik. Dutch traders brought this technique to West Africa in the 19th century, where local textile workers adapted and transformed it to create the vibrant, multi-colored fabrics that are now known as Ankara.. The Ankara fabric is known for its colorful African prints, and is deeply associated with African heritage. One of the best things about Ankara fabric is the intensity of its African prints does not change compared to other printed textiles that fade quickly. This is because of the “wax resistant” technique used in printing the textile.