(pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is short for Aso Ilu Oke which literally interpreted means clothes from the countryside. It is also sometimes refereed to as Aso-Ofi. Ofi refers to the seat of the weavers sit on when weaving the cloth.
It is a hand woven cloth made mostly by the Yoruba tribe of south west Nigeria. There is a vast tradition of strip woven textiles in Africa and West Africa in particular; for example Kente from Ghana or Akwete from Eastern Nigeria and Burkina Fasso’s Faso Dan Fani. The woven strips produced are typically sewn together to make traditional clothing.
The clothing made from Aso Oke is worn to special occasions such as festivals, weddings, coronation and the like. It is also what traditional rulers wear especially during such festive occasions. It is seen as the most special of traditional fabrics in Nigeria. It serves traditionally as formal wear. Aso-Oke is often also worn as Aso-Ebi (ebi meaning friends, and/or family) where similar colors are worn by all to a particular event to symbolize unity.
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