ASO-OKE STYLE FOR TRADITIONAL WEDDING: Aso-Oke styles for a bride at her traditional wedding includes a beautiful beaded necklace and a fashion hand fan that compliments and matches her aso-oke. Usually, the hand-fan is bought together with the aso-oke wedding attire. Both accessories add more glamour to the bridal aso-oke. The groom’s aso-oke and cap (fila) colour combination and design is usually coordinated with that of the bride’s (as you can see in the pictures above).
ASO-OKE STYLE FOR MEN: The men’s w aso-oke style is traditionally a three-piece attire, consisting of a trouser (sokoto), a tunic-style top (buba or dansiki), a flowing robe (agbada – this is worn over the buba) and a cap/ hat (fila).
Because of the importance attached to the aso-oke fabric, and the prestige that the fabric bestows to the wearer, aso-oke is the preferred clothing for brides and grooms, as well as for the parents of the celebrants, during their traditional engagement ceremonies and wedding. Colourful, uniformed aso-oke styles are also worn as “aso-ebi’ by friends and family of a celebrant, or bride or groom – makes the event look colourful and the wearers stand out.
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Where To Buy Nigerian Aso-Oke Fabrics?
Aso-oke is widely available in and outside Nigeria. You can either buy aso-oke directly from the cloth weavers or from retailers in Nigerian markets – aso-oke is widely available for sale in many Lagos markets and shops, including the famous Balogun market. The fabrics are also exported to, and sold outside Nigeria, and so you can find aso-oke sold in London (UK), USA and European and other African countries.
A note about pricing – if you prefer to shop in the open markets, such as Balogun or Ibadan market, know that you can get your aso-oke cheaper by bargaining, and some haggling.
Some Online Stores that Sell Nigerian Aso-Oke: In case you love shopping via the internet, you can now buy aso-oke fabric directly from some top Nigerian weavers and retailers’ online stores, including the following places:
- Needles and Thread Aso-Oke: mikewig.com OR at www.needlesnthread.com AND at facebook.com/needlesand.thread – they are a trend-setter in contemporary aso-oke designs and they produce aso-oke fabrics and also sell.
- Bellisimo aso-oke: They are on Facebook and sell aso-oke and traditional wedding beads for brides. You can see some of their aso-oke designs on their Facebook page, and also be able to contact them in case you find any style you like.
- Heritage aso-oke: Their website is at www.asooke.com.ng and they also have a Facebook page. They’ve been selling aso-oke for over 20 years. I like that they even have a price list on their site, plus a helpful aso-oke colour combination guide, as well as measurement guide for men and women respectively.
Those (above) and many other aso-oke makers and sellers in Nigeria and abroad have physical store locations that you can visit to see and buy beautiful aso-oke fabrics in assorted colours and designs.
So, Which Picture Is Your Fave Aso-oke Design?
There you have it for our aso-oke lookbook of latest styles, colours and designs – we hope you like them. Please share this post with your friends – tweet/ facebook/ insstagram it, email it.
Choosing the design and colour combination of aso-oke (for one’s yoruba traditional wedding) is a challenging task, hopefully by looking at the above pictures of other brides wearing different aso-oke styles and fabric designs, you can quickly find lots of inspiration for your wedding aso-oke. Oher great places to get ideas for great aso-oke colours are instagram, pinterest, bella naija, ovation magazine and here (naijaglamwedding).
Now, tell me in the comments below – which is your favourite aso-oke colour combination, fabric style or design, from the above pictures slideshow of brides and grooms glammed up in their Yoruba traditional wedding attire?