We now stock Aso-oke in our online shop.
Aso-Oke (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is short for Aso Ilu Oke. If translated literally, this means clothes ‘from the up-country’. It is also sometimes refereed to as Aso-Ofi. It is a hand woven cloth made and worn mostly by the Yoruba tribe of South-West Nigeria. It is woven in thin strips and these strips are sewn together to make clothing.
Aso-oke is handmade on wooden looms and can often be made-to-order in specific colour combinations. In terms of traditional use and wear, Aso-oke is worn on special occasions like weddings, festivals, coronations and the like. It is something pretty special.
It is a thick fabric which is similar in texture to denim or canvas so can be quite hard-wearing and I always imagine it can be utilised in applications beyond clothing. Upholstery comes to mind!
We have a small collection which we will be adding to in our Aso-oke section. It is available to purchase By The Metre.
Do you have any sewing project on the cards that you might use Aso-oke? Do share!