Latest Aso-Oke Styles, Designs & Colours: Yoruba Traditional Wedding Attire (Pictures Lookbook)

The aso-oke fabric, designs, patterns and colours have evolved over time to create some of the most elegant and prestigious textile in the World. While such changes added a high cost to aso-oke, it also increased its appeal to the internationally market. Aso-oke is now worn all over Nigeria and outside too. And, you can still find the classic, traditional aso-oke sold in Nigeria.

Back in the days, the traditional weavers made aso-oke in three main colours – blue (called ‘etu’), crimson red (called ‘alaari’), and brown (‘sanyan’). At that time, the aso-oke designs were mainly stripes – blue stripes or red stripes or brown stripes.

Production of Aso-oke

Have you ever wondered ‘how is aso-oke fabric is produced’? ‘Aso oke’ cloth is woven on a narrow loom. The end product is a 40-foot strip of cloth. Traditionally, aso-oke is sold in strips of narrow cloth – just the way they are produced. The buyer would then find a tailor to join the pieced together, in order to make a full cloth. Today, you can still find aso-oke cloth packaged in the classic traditional way or you can buy strips of the woven cloth from one of many retailers who sell already-joined, complete aso-oke cloth.

Different Types and Designs of Aso-Oke Fabrics

There are many different types of aso-oke fabrics in the market. However, back in the days, there was only 3 types, differentiated only by colours. At that early time, there were just three main aso-oke colours, traditionally – etu aso-oke (dark blue with stripes), alaari baba aso-oke, and Sanyan/ Soyon aso-oke (brown, with stripes pattern). These are still available, as the classic, traditional aso-oke designs.

Today’s aso-oke fabrics and designs are more colourful, bling-bling and light-weight than the early, classic aso-oke fabric designs. Today, the aso-oke cloth weavers are sourcing assorted types of thread looms and colours, so aso-oke types have increased. The new types of aso-oke are categorized based on their weave designs, pattern and thread types, and they include:

  • Cotton weave aso-oke design
  • Double weave aso-oke design
  • Damask aso-oke
  • Lace aso-oke (net lace, ordinary lace)
  • Handcut aso-oke design (looks and feels like lace fabric)
  • Kente aso-oke (Kente-oke)
  • Metallic aso-oke
  • Metallic aso-oke
  • Net aso-oke design
  • Normal net design
  • Super-net aso-oke
  • Silk aso-oke
  • Cotton aso-oke
  • Wire aso-oke
  • Aso-oke with Print art work design
  • Aso-oke with Monogramming
  • …And many others.

SEE ALSO: Video of How to tie the Yoruba “Iro” (Wrapper)

Fashion and Styles of Wearing Aso-Oke Clothing

The aso-oke is produced and sold in pieces of cloth, so that the buyer would sew them to fit his/ her own size. The aso-oke styles are classic – the men make their aso-oke in a similar style, and similar style, and the women’s aso-oke styles are sewn in the same fashion.

ASO-OKE STYLES FOR WOMEN: Women’s aso oke style is traditionally a four-piece outfit consisting of a wrapper (called iro), a blouse (buba), a shawl (Ipele or Iborun) and a headtie (called “Gele”). Most women also use part of the aso-oke to sew a blouse/ top, called “iro”. The shawl is placed over the shoulder or tied round the waist.

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Comments

  1. oluwatoyin says:

    I love what I saw
    Thanks

  2. aso oke is cute for
    wedding

  3. omolara akindapo says:

    aso ebi its uncommon dress it make us lukn good

  4. Aso-oke. is one of the best and most beautiful fashion

  5. If I want my designs (bridal hair pieces, hatinators & fascinators, hand fans) featured in your magazine, how do I go about it? Thanks.

  6. olanrewaju abdullahi says:

    I want know more type of aso oke colours and designs

    • Hi Olanrewaju, we plan to release a special article on colour combinations for aso-oke and Nigerian traditional attire for weddings. If you signup to receive our site updates by email or keep checking from time to time, you will know when we finally write the article. Thanks.

  7. Plz waiting for reply

  8. Plz I need some of the design Aso-oke for my traditional wedding. Thanks

    • Hi Nana:
      Contact the aso-oke makers/ sellers we mentioned above (scroll up, the links are up there, under where we wrote: “Where To Buy Nigerian Aso-Oke Fabrics?).
      Contact them directly through their websites and facebook pages. You can start with the Facebook pages of Needles and Thread Aso-oke on Facebook and Bellisimo aso-oke. Happy shopping. (Note: We are a magazine wedding website and son’t sell aso-oke. We only feature the best designs for our readers, and also mention some places we know that sell top designs).

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