If you’ve ever been interested in the vibrant patterns and fabric of West African fashion, now is your chance to experience it -- at the “An Ankara Bazaar” event, on May 19.

“An Ankara Bazaar” will take place on Saturday, May 19, in Washington, D.C., and will include a pop-up shop with pieces for sale, as well as music, food, and drinks from the region. Here’s what you need to know.

Ankara Bazaar is an organization of women who wanted to highlight their heritage and “give people more access to African culture.” The creators will travel around the United States this summer and set up pop-up shops to host bazaars, where they can both sell their products and introduce that city to West African music, food, and drink in a market-like atmosphere.

The word “Ankara” is used to describe vivid West African fabric, and the event series will allow local communities to learn about and appreciate African fashion and culture. Everything sold at the pop-up shop will be handmade and authentic. The bazaar will feature a fashion show to parade the best of the designs. Expect to also experience the best of West African cuisine and performers!

[caption id="attachment_8722" align="aligncenter" width="768"]Ankara Bazaar Courtesy of tamaraloves.com[/caption]

Washington, D.C.’s location is yet to be announced, but stay tuned on Eventbrite for updates. The event will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets will vary from $8 to $18 per person. General admission will include access to the clothing and food vendors, as well as the fashion show.

Comment below if you’re planning to attend the event! We'll see you there!

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