The Ankara Material is a Pet Bed made in Kenya which is deeply associated with African clothing. The intensity of its African prints does not change compared to other printed textiles that fade quickly. The Ankara Material Pet Bed can be used for napping during the day and sleeping in at night. Unlike the floor, this decently sized bed will keep your dog or cat warm, support arthritic joints, and prevent calluses. And unlike a couch or human bed, pet beds are spaces that pets can have all to themselves.
The history of of Ankara material lies when the Dutch colonised Indonesia, their merchants discovered batik fabrics and brought samples back to The Netherlands.
Dutch textile manufacturers developed ways to print the fabric in bulk by machine and started to produce cheaper batik inspired imitation fabrics.
These new fabrics were not popular in Indonesia, as the original batik fabrics were preferred. However, they were well received when imported into West Africa in the 1880’s.
The popularity of the fabrics was largely due to West Africa soldiers, who were serving in Indonesia, as they brought back the batik fabrics when they returned home.
Several different manufacturers in Europe, including the British and Dutch, produced the fabric for many years before manufacturing expanded to African countries.
In recent years, there has been a surge in manufacturing of the fabrics in Asia (mainly India and China). The fabrics they produce are lower quality and cheaper compared to original fabrics produced in West Africa.
Traditional batik making techniques are still practiced in African countries such as Ghana. Small-scale workshops, usually run by entrepreneurs, create beautiful fabrics by hand with no machinery involved.
They carve the designs onto sponge blocks before printing the wax onto the fabric.
Size: 60 cm x 60 cm