The Yoruba women’s aso oke style is likely the most traditional attire that a woman of their ethnicity could wear while yet representing the fullness of their culture and dressing them in the way that is customary.
Making Fabrics For Aso oke Style
Cotton is manually processed by the Yoruba people, one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, to create threads, which is then combined with different types of fabrics to create Aso-Oke style garments. According to legend, Yoruba land first began fabric weaving in the fifteenth century.
As it progressed, it reached other Yoruba towns and cities, including Iseyin, Oyo, and Ibadan.
The Fabric used Aso oke style, a renowned hand-woven fabric made by the Yoruba people of West Africa, is the most significant. In English, the term “aso oke” refers to a high-status garment and means “top cloth.” The cloth, which is often woven by both men and women, is used to construct women’s wrappers called Iro and head ties called Gele as well as men’s agbada and fila.
Aso-Oke style fabric is more than just a material; it is one of the cultural tools that allows people to experience the material components of Yoruba clothing culture. It has effectively maintained its position over time as the Yoruba people’s fabric for special occasions.
Its weavers are master craftspeople who weave exquisite colors to suit Nigerians’ taste in fashion. In order to supply their domestic requirements, the women particularly work at producing woven textile for Aso-Oke style.
Additionally, it gives women the chance to perform other household chores and gives them the chance to teach their female children how to weave.
Since ancient times, the method of producing the cloth has not changed. New techniques and production methods, however, have been investigated in an effort to reduce the weight and thickness of the Aso-oke and to make it more affordable for casual use.
The Anaphe moth’s cocoons are used to produce the Sanyan, a delicately colored and weaved beige silk. Both weddings and funerals frequently use it. Arari is made of discarded magenta silk and has a rich red color.
How To Rock Aso oke Style Correctly
Without aso-oke, celebrations like weddings, coronations, and festivals are incomplete. Without it, Yoruba “Owambes'” aesthetic would be incomplete. Another name for Aso oke syle is “Ebi style” which means “friends or relatives.” Aso-ebi is the name given to a group of individuals that dress in a common color scheme to represent solidarity or unity during an event.
The primary significance of it is the vibrant splendor it lends to ceremonies through the coordinated use of various colors worn by friends and family members at a specific event.
The Shokoto (loose-fitting pants), agbada (a bulky wide sleeve robe worn over the Buba), Fila (a soft cap), and Buba (a loose-fitting top or shirt) are all worn by men as the full Aso-oke.
The full ensemble for women, on the other hand, consists of a Buba, an Iro (a long wrapper, wrapped like a skirt), a Gele (a head-tie), an Iborun (a scarf), and a Pele (a shawl that goes around the waist or over the shoulder).
Etu, Sanyan, and Arari are the three main categories of Aso-oke style textiles. The Etu, which is an indigo and painted deep blue that frequently has tiny light blue stripes and is supposed to take on the color of a guinea fowl, is an acronym for “guinea fowl.”
Aso oke style is no longer just the aforementioned varieties; it is now available in a variety of styles and colors. Even the pattern and color can be altered to suit your preferences. It is now a magnificent piece of art and a collector’s dream.