Many a century has passed but the importance of Aso-Oke has not.
Aso-Oke is a short form of Aso Ilu Oke which means clothes from the up-country. It is the traditional fabric of the Yoruba culture (a South-Western tribe in Nigeria). There is a saying that goes in Nigeria; without Aso-Oke, the Yoruba occasion is incomplete. If you attend a Nigerian wedding in Lagos or any other part of the world, there is a strong possibility of seeing Aso-Oke on display.
To show the importance of this fabric, any Yoruba traditional king cannot be crowned without donning an Aso-Oke. A bride from a Yoruba culture looks forward to looking stunning in an Aso-Oke outfit.
In more cases, the beauty of Aso-Oke comes out more when it is taken as “Aso-Ebi“(a local term for uniform for friends, families or group).
Cloth weaving (Aso-Oke) started centuries ago amongst the Yoruba’s. The fibres used for weaving are either locally sourced or brought from neighbouring states like the north.
The Aso-Oke cloth is decorated with elaborate and different patterns and over the years has transformed from being just a fabric for occasions.
Here’s how people show the beauty of Aso-Oke;
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Aso-Oke for Occasions:
Aso-oke as head gear (women) and cap (for men):
Aso-Oke for footwears:
Aso-Oke for bags and purses:
Aso-Oke for chair covers and window blinds:
Aso-Oke for trendy wears:
The usefulness of the Aso-Oke fabric cannot be limited. You can stand out anytime, anywhere with the classy Aso-Oke.
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