The fake Ankara fabrics are rough or coarse while the original fabric is always smoother when touched.
Color And Print Design
African fabrics or Ankara prints tend to have a deeper colour and the fake ones always have a copy printed on one side of the fabric. On the other hand, the real Ankara fabric has the designs printed on both sides and always difficult to differentiate the back from the front.
If you put a little water and rub Ankara the body of the material if it wears off, then it is super fake because fake Ankara materials always wash off its colour when dipped in water.
Size And Length
Any Ankara fabric that is printed in any yard shorter than 12 or 6 yards is fake, because original Ankara material is always printed in 12 or 6 yards I.e either printed in full (12 yards) or half yards (6 yards).
Original Ankara fabrics always have the manufacturer’s name, product name, and design number printed at the selvedge of the fabric.