Perhaps the most famous of fashion fabrics in Kenya, Ankara has become the embodiment of creativity and style in the Kenyan streets.

So much that ironically many have got it wrong on how to wear it.More reason why celebrated Kisumu fashion designer came up with the seven-day Ankara challenge to show you how to rock Ankara in style.

Ankara commonly known as “Ankara prints”, “African prints”, “African wax prints” “Holland wax” and “Dutch wax”, is a hundred percent cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs.

Gloria Otieno of Glowup Collections takes us through a seven-day challenge, with tit-bits on how one can wear Ankara differently and in a fashionable way every other day of the week.

Fashion Designer Gloria Atieno of Glowup Collections. Photo/Tonnyhill

Otieno who developed an interest in fashion design at a tender age grew up drawing designs, one that the mother would use Ankara fabrics to produce nice fashion statements.

“I developed a lot of interest and sometimes I could steal her Ankara wrap and tie it on my head as Gele and the outcome was amazing,” she says

Otieno started her budding career soon after high school making head wraps and gradually got into making different stylish Ankara designs.

Headwraps by Glowup Collection. Photo/Tonnyhill

She says a year into her fashion journey, she challenges herself to a one-week tribute to God and her fans by doing the exciting challenge.

“The seven days Ankara challenge is a self-initiative that I took to show a sense of African touch to those who haven’t yet seen beauty in Ankara. There’s so much life in Ankara and I wish that one or two of you get in love with it,” she says.

Adding that when Ankara style started, it was mainly for the old, a notion she further seeks to change through coming up with creative Ankara styles for both the young and aged.

“We’ve seen Ankara styles trend from day to day. It’s most probably the only clothing that will never run out of fashion.” she quips

Here’s to day one of the Seven-Day Ankara Challenge:


A pair of collage pants and a matching long sleeved v-neck top with Ankara side strips. The outfit is a combination of a white stretcher material and dashiki.

I customized the wear with Ankara to make it unique and trendy. The v-neck design is an alternative for off-shoulder top for ladies who are quiet reserved but want to look sexy.

I was inspired to make this attire during Club Da Place Masqueraders’ All White Party that was held towards the end of the month of July 2018. I opted for a long sleeved top because I wanted something that I could ‘slay’ in the whole night without having a sweater on despite the cold weather.

Alternative of the outfit can be a similar pant with; sleeveless, short-sleeve, off-shoulder or a no-hand top.
The design is best won during special occasions such as wedding parties, dinner dates, bridal shower, anniversary parties etc.

Price tag: Ksh 2300

Outfit: Glowup Collections
Model: Gloria Otieno
Earpiece: Model’s Own
Make-up: Verah Vee
Hair: Achieng Adongo
Shoes: Model’s Own
Photography: Tonnyhill Pix

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One comment

  1. Gloria thats so ingenious of you ,keep the great work alive.We need such brains in our County of Kisumu.

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