African Fashion Fashion

Fabrics Originated In Nigeria.

Take out our Twitter savagery, Saturday Owanbe and our slay queens prowess on Instagram, this is another thing Nigerians are good at, the production of our local fabrics.

And though these fabrics are mostly produced in the traditional method (manually), that doesn’t deprive the fabric’s beautiful bright colours and high quality.

Image credit: guardian.ng

Adire production process (image credit: guardian.ng)

Yes, foreign fabrics are the ones seen more in our streets but these local fabrics has never for once left or fail to make big statement year by year, and for the fact that these are the things that connect us to our heritage and culture, I think it’s okay we take a look at two of them today.

  • 1, Akwete Fabrics.
Lady in akwete maxi gown (image credit: tdsblog.com)

Akwete clothe is a type of textile woven manually through hand weaving method, it’s the Igbo people’s traditional fabrics. They’re made in two ways, horizontal loom ( which are used by men) and vertical loom which are used by women.

This fabric has been around for a lot of years, it originated from Abia state (south-eastern part of Nigeria) and it’s named after the town in which it’s most popular, Akwete town in Abina state.

A woman weaving Akwete (image credit hrmadeolavicent.blogspot.com)
  • 2, Aso-Oke

This hand-woven cloth originated from the south-western part of Nigeria, the Yoruba land to be precise.

Lady in Hesiki and Sokoto, made with aso oke fabrics.

Aso oke is a high quality fabrics usually woven by men, aso oke in English means high cloth affirming the fact that it connote wealth and aristocracy. The fabric is usually used to make men’s gowns, called agbada, women’s top and wrapper, called iro ati buba, men’s hats, called fila and women’s head tie called gele.

A man waving aso-oke (image credit: zoede.com).

These are the two fabrics I want us to take a look at today, I’ll bring more to you in these coming days, make sure you keep checking the website and pls follow us on our social media @Aouse21, for updates, lots of love…๐Ÿ’ž

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(9) Comments

  1. Adenekan Michael says:

    Great Job!
    Aso Oke is one of the best dress of yoruba cultureโ€ฆ

    Weldone Sir!

  2. Great work sir.

    This is great enlightenment, We wish to get to know from you sir.

  3. Henry James says:

    Wonder article Sir

  4. Godwin says:

    great job,
    you guys are really trying to take our local fashion to the next level
    โ€ฆ
    keep it up

  5. Weldone

  6. This is really Good I love them

  7. emperoh feego says:

    I think is time for us to come back home
    and ro*k our traditional wears
    better.
    as owanbe is taking over our country

  8. Chiamaka says:

    This is really great sirโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆlove themโ€ฆโ€ฆwish to get to know more from you ,nice job sir .

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