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The art and Meaning behind the Aso-Oke Fabric

Vibrant striking beautiful. Nigeria’s hand-woven heritage. Tunde Owolabi is showcasing the power and importance of this indigenous Yoruba Fabric. Aso-Oke is a 100% Nigerian fabric. It originated in a small village south west of Nigeria.

Aso-Oke is simply art. It is made by hands, it can take some time to make Aso-Oke fabric as it is made very delicately.  It can be cotton or silk fabric. Aso-Oke has extravagant unique patterns made from dyed strands of fabric that are woven into strips of cloth. Aso-Oke if translated in English is “Top Cloth”. In the past it was a job that was done between men and women.

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The high quality traditional fabric has been one to special occasions including weddings, funerals and chieftaincy title ceremonies for centuries.

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Tunde who likes looking into his grand ma wardrobe to see how many various Aso-Oke are in there, gets excited to see how they are all different, he believes that women and men wearing them gives them a sense of royalty, prestigious and beauty.

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Tunde Owolabi has decided to show the world Aso-Oke so that people can understand the elegance fabric that is now famous in Nigeria and surrounding countries. Tunde has been able to combine so many Aso-Oke into one to create art. His dream now is not only to be worn but also to be made into art gallery. This will increase the awareness of Aso-Oke and it is a good example on how we can preserve our African culture by showcasing it to the world.

 

 

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