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Aso oke means high status or "up country" cloth among the Yoruba peoples of south western Nigeria. For centuries highly valued silk and cotton cloth has been hand woven by male weavers using the local version of a loom found across much of West Africa. The fabric is woven in one long strip of between 4 and 6 inches width, cut to the desired lengths, then sewn together edge to edge to make men's robes, women's wrappers and other garments. Today rayon and shiny lurex are used alongside cotton and silk, but Nigerians still dress in aso oke to mark the most important occasions in life, such as births, weddings, and chieftaincy ceremonies. Patterns handed down over generations are woven alongside remarkably innovatory new designs. Follow the Fabric Selection link at the left to view some of our current range.

 


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