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BN Style: Ellana Turner’s Love for Sewing led to Stunning Handmade Ankara Accessories



In this post, jewelry designer Ellana Turner of E. Turner Couture showcases some of her handmade statement accessories and jewellery crafted primarily from ankara wax print. Ellana Turner’s hand made pieces are true testament of the versatility and flexibility of our wax print, it shouldn’t just stop at sewing wrappers and blouses, there’s so much more that can be done with it, just like this. Ellana’s love for unique ankara prints, sewing, and quality craftsmanship inspires the creation of her contemporary ready-to-wear bold statement pieces. Her 2016 collection is quite feisty; just the right measure of edge for those days when you’re boiling with the urge to not only be African but also wear African.

See Photos of Her Work

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Website:, E. Turner Couture | @eturnercouture
Photography: Jaio | | @jaiophotography
Makeup: Seyi | | @rubimakeovers
Models: Chamond Brooks | @chamondbrooks | @estellumoren | @kymberlyrashad


  1. Ada

    May 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Na waa ooo! Now, Ankara is being abused. Everything, ankara. Shoe, bag, bracelet, necklace,headbands & wraps etc etc. Over exposure. Very soon, even the food we eat will be ankara made …lol

    • Flipping heck!

      May 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      I don’t know why you “lol’d” at the end of your very silly comment. It really wasn’t humorous.

      How can you say ankara is being “abused”? Would you rather see lots of chiffon or khaki? Or maybe lace? We love print, deal with it.

    • Ada

      May 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Mr or Ms Flipping Heck or whatever you call yourself, In the first place , I am not at all surprised that a person with a silly name such as ” flipping heck” will describe my comment as silly. Secondly, my comment wasn’t meant for people with a misplaced sense of humour such as yourself. I am entitled to my opinion. If you don’t find my comment funny, GO BURN THE SEA!

    • Flipping heck!

      May 6, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Ada your comeback is as weak as your initial comment.

      Taking jibes at my chosen BN name? Really? You’re a sad one oh. Pele.

      You’ve really brought nothing to the table. Try CONSTRUCTIVE criticism next time and maybe you can make sense.

  2. nikkydee

    May 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    very loving, ankara i hail ooo

  3. molarah

    May 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Concept is nice – really liking the designs

  4. Omenwa

    May 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Very beautiful!

  5. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    May 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Very stunning, I love the earrings and bracelets. But i can tell the prices would be very steep. *clutches chest*

  6. Tunmi

    May 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    How do I clean it? Ankara is cloth so it will get dirty. Handwriting seems out of the option.

    Business idea – cleaning kit

  7. Miss Shee

    May 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Na wa for you Ada, did she insult. Can you not just explain you were just being sarcastic. You response is overboard. meanwhile it is people like you that would be advising wizkid that his response to linda was unneccessary. Just small comment that was no way insultive, u started attacking her via her handle name.

  8. Mama

    May 6, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Just beautiful! This is what I’m talking about. Beautiful models too!

  9. tribalwest

    May 11, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    love love love the collection simply gorg and very clean photos, well done. the person that said ankara is cloth how do you clean it, yes it is cloth, you wash clothes, wash your accessories with mild soap when they get dirty, or wipe with a clean cloth after each wear, and keep them protected from dust e.g get a clean draw string bag to keep them after wear, they will last a long time. in all things such as accessories maintenance is key.

  10. sandra lewis

    June 6, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Intrested in your merchandise

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