Aso oke is one of the special attires worn mostly by the Yorubas during special occasions like weddings, chieftaincy coronation, birthdays, burial ceremony, until now when it's Nationally worn and globally recognized now.₦0.00 In Stock Featured
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- Sanyan -Dark Blue In Color
- Alaari – Crimsom
- Eya – Laced
- Plain & Pattern
- Big & Small Loom
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- Popo – Elepo
- Big Loom
- Net Lace
- Net Design
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- Double Weaving
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Aso-Oke is the short form of Aso Ilu Oke also known as Aso-Ofi, meaning cloth from the up-country. This fibre is woven from traditional materials in Yorubaland, the second largest tribe in Nigeria. Cloth weaving (Aso-Oke) started centuries ago amongst the Yorubas but predominantly amongst the Iseyin’s (Oyo State), Kwara State, Ede (Osun State) and Okene (Kogi state). These fibres used for weaving are said to be locally sourced or brought from neighboring states.
However, popular types of Aso-Oke are the “Sanyan” (beige with white stripes) and the “Alaari” (red). Other relatives of Aso-Oke are Kente, the Ghanaian genre and Akerete, for the Igbo/Calabar women. Moreover, Aso-Oke is now regarded as popular attire that is considered trendy in different countries and world regions like Europe, United
State, Brazil and Cuba.This fibre is known to be more expensive than ordinary cotton materials because of the cost of input and the techniques involved. That is, Aso-Oke involves a whole lot of preparation, such as planting of cotton, spinning, sorting, patterning and weaving.
Firstly, the planting of cotton stage prepares the cottons for usage in making the threads usable for weaving Aso-Oke. It is mostly planted during the rainy seasons between the month of June and July. Spinning is the process of separating the cotton seed from the wool, and in doing this, a bow-line instrument called spindle and “Orun” in Yoruba language is used. Still on the preparation, Sorting is the process whereby the weaver separates the dirt from the wool in order to make the wool fit for use since the cotton often acts like a magnet. In other words, it easily attracts dirt.
While the patterning stage is the process of putting designs and patterns on the Aso-Oke, weaving is the last stage. This is where the rolled cotton is neatly inserted into the striker through the extenders. Finally, the material is now fit, ready to be worn for occasions such as coronations, festivals, engagements, weddings, naming ceremonies, burials and other important events. The beauty of the woven cloth (Aso-Oke) is showcased when it is used as Aso-Ebi (a group of people e.g. friends, families etc dressed alike).
Choosing Your Colour
Some of us are, well, color-challenged. We know what colors we like, but we’re not always sure that this color goes with that one. Trying to choose your wedding colors may seem a bit daunting, especially if you aren’t particularly visually oriented or your partner is color-blind and absolutely no help. Yet it’s really quite easy.
Most people base their wedding colors on a favorite shade or favorite flower. You’ll want to choose one primary and one or two accents. Start off by seeing if there are any predetermined factors
- Are you set on having a particular flower?
- Have you already chosen your bridesmaid dresses?
- What colors are the families choosing as their aso-ebi?
- Have you already chosen the colors for the reception or ceremony site?
- Does either the reception or ceremony site have strong colors?
If so, you’re halfway to finding your wedding colors. If not, start by thinking about the season when your ceremony will take place. Harmattan affairs usually include bright colors such as wine, turquoise and pink. Dry season suggests deep colors like purples, burgundies, grey-greens, and silvers. Rainy season brings harvest tones – oranges, reds, and yellows.
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