Aso oke fabric, (Yoruba: așǫ oke, pronounced ah-SHAW-okay) is a hand-woven cloth created by the Yoruba people of West Africa. Aso oke means “top cloth” in the English language, denoting cloth of high status.
The As oke fabric is used to make men’s gowns, called agbada and cap, called fila, as well as women’s wrappers, called Iro and head tie, called Gele.
Aso oke is from the Yoruba culture in Kwara, Kogi, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Lagos, and Osun States in western Nigeria and Ajase in the southeastern Benin Republic.
This woven fabric is used majorly during weddings, burials, anniversaries, and any occasion of importance to the Yoruba people. The fabric gives a royalty touch to the wearer, making the individual stand out. There are different types of Aso-oke, that is a discussion for another time.
Aso-oke is so strong they can last for up to 10years or more. It has a long life span and can be made into other things after years of keeping it. However, when you do get your Aso-oke, ensure it is well woven and made of the right material.