The Aso oke is a handmade Nigerian woven fabric, popularly worn by the Yorubas. it is pronounced ( ah-SHAW-okay) meaning “top cloth” in English and varies in different styles and design. There are different fabric styles of aso oke;
↦Alaari- a rich red aso oke
↦Sanyan- this type of aso oke is mostly brownish
↦Etu- this is a dark blue aso oke.
This fabric could be used by a male or female but differs in their mood of dressing. The female version consist of four parts;
↦Buba- this is a Yoruba blouse.
↦Iro- the Iro is a wrap skirt or a skirt wrapper.
↦Gele- the gele is a headgear popularly worn on the head of a yoruba women.
↦Iborun- a shawl or shoulder sash.
↦Agbada- this is a Yoruba Kaftan.
↦Aso oke hat
the Yorubas and Nigerians around the world wear aso oke fabric for special occasions including holidays, weddings, funerals and chieftain title ceremonies.
The aso oke fabric production has different processes like all textile materials. Study shows that different group of workers play incredible roles in master minding this craftsmanship. This includes the master weavers, farmers involved in the growing of raw materials across era, dyers, makers and fabricators of instruments (wooden and metal) used in the weaving process and those that have been involved in the sales and distribution.
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