add color to your life!
rags ‘n prints
if you’re looking for ready to wear
- african clothing for black women
- ankara dress styles that fit your curves
- ankara patch work designs + denim & burlap
- stylish ankara dresses for women with curves
- plus size african clothing for women
or in need of tailoring services
- african designer for all types of apparel & accessories
- african dressmaker/tailor for custom african clothing
- alterations for proms and weddings dresses
- african dress style consultation
- kente kufis or scarves, ankara head wraps or mud cloth hats
I’ve always wondered ‘why would anybody want to go see a seamstress to have outfits made or buy from their inventory while we have so many choices from the clothing stores. then it hit me that the answer is not further than looking at myself. when I was young, I got tired of tailors who failed to make the clothes that I wanted in the styles that I wanted.
not everybody has dressmaking skills but you don’t have to. ain’t it great that you can have an idea any vision for apparel and have someone make them for you while you take care of the things that matter in your life?
rags ’n prints is an african clothes online store based in the washington dc suburb of clinton, md. we aim to provide ready to wear ankara gowns that are cool and make you look beautiful. we custom make unique garments that fit your body, style and budget in our studio. our goal is to offer modern african styles of attire that use traditional and eco friendly materials with natural fibers. beside denim, most of the fabrics are sourced from africa or are inspired from it.
denim is ubiquitous. made out of cotton, it’s as close to african as can be. all fabrics originating from africa are made of cotton or other natural materials. so why not put some africa proud on this perennial wardrobe staple? just add prints and give them a new life. rags ’n prints offers denim jackets and jeans with ankara patches or prints of african symbols that you can wear and look contemporary while making an ethnic statement. some call it jeans refashion but we call it jeans african fashion.
hemp is so raw that it was not thought of as material for clothing. a little similar to linen or mud cloth, because of its rugged nature, it’s clothes that peasants can wear. recently, it’s been seen on the runway and the rise in sustainable fashion trend has encouraged its adoption by people looking for more planet friendly modes of consumption. at rags ’n prints we see beauty in its texture and started using it combination with african textiles to offer you a way of wearing eco friendly as well as making an ethnic statement.
‘bogolanfini’ which literally means ‘mud cloth’, is fabric that originates from mali. it gets it’s distinctive rustic colors from dyes obtained from the mud. it has long been frown upon and used only in traditional settings until it started being used in home decor as wall hangings and other crafts that use african materials. all of a sudden, it surged in popularity as it found its way into the wardrobes of western men and women. rags ’n prints has long been using mud cloth to make kufi, bucket hats, rasta hats, an occasional african dress but more particularly, coats and jackets that were the craze in the late 90s. you can have all types of mud cloth garments or accessories, either ready to wear or custom made to get a unique outfit that is a timeless piece.
african print, also called wax print, ankara fabric has long appealed to the tastes of west african women who adopted it as their favorite cloth for dresses, skirts and head wraps. for a long time, western women shied away from the prints as they were deemed too colorful to blend in. people are slowly discovering its rich beauty, aided by designers who featured them on the runway and some celebrities who dared showing their colors in african fashion. rags ’n prints has been empowering women by helping them in the fabric selection, design and cut ’n sew process to deliver a finished outfit in contemporary style that fits your curves.
in a sense rags ’n prints clothing celebrates the vibrant cultures of africa without sacrificing the modern look. we borrow from universal civilization: from the sleek angles of italian design to the draping ample shapes of japanese traditional wear and african robes and dresses, it’s a mix of afro eurasian forms of expression.
african print patches jeans jacket$89.00 Select options
ankara shorts for ladies – green high waist shorts$49.00 Select options
white t-shirt with kente map of africa$12.99 Select options
knee length african pencil skirt$49.99 Add to cart
ankara skirt and off shoulder crop top$69.00 Add to cart
I strive to make clothes from materials like mud cloth, denim burlap and african prints in unique mix for women who want to dress in contemporary styles with ethnic accents. every piece is designed to enhance their figures by giving them the confidence to take on the world.
I can make any kinda clothes, out of any fabric, in any style, at any size, for women, men and children. unlike most designers, I create, cut and sew the garmentsI can create a style from scratch, make or modify a pattern, choose fabric, cut and make a unique piece.
I create pattern for designers to flesh out their ideas. I make clothes for clients who have a vision for garments they cannot find in stores. I give style advice and assist in fabric selection. I can also do alterations on garments that are ill-fitted or unstylish.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Souley on a custom design. He exceeded my expectation with his creative genius and I was ecstatic when I received my jacket which fit perfectly. I’m in love with it and get tons of compliments every time I put it on.
January 3, 2022
Couldn't be more satisfied with my outfit. Very reasonable with the prices. Turnaround time was fast even though I needed some custom details. I definitely will be repeat customer.
January 3, 2022
I put in a custom order for some pants that had disproportionate measurements (inseam, waist, front and back rise, etc...) and they were able to recreate it perfectly. I was very pleased with the work, it exceeded expectations.
January 3, 2021
design your looks
you have a personal way to have your vision into custom made apparel with the right accessories that are guaranteed to turn heads. if you cannot find the right garment in the stores, don’t despair. we specialize in designing simple african dresses that go beyond fashion but speak to your unique curves.
make a statement with accessories
what you wear and how you wear it is an expression or your style. you can stand out by creating your look with bold ethnic accessories that show your unique you. that’s style expressions!