Exactly one month today, the 23rd of March 2013 was a remarkable one, aside from being my Mum’s birthday, My very good friend – IFE tied the knots with her Boaz (KOLADE)
All roads led to Lokoja ,Kogi state (beautiful place by the way) and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Ife’s Aso-ebi was French lace and George fabric plus our traditional headgear (Gele)
Her choice of colour depicts her personality- Red (sexy and confident) and Aqua Blue(reliable and sensitive to the need of others).
Let’s see the evidence:
I used my George material to make a skirt, you can also tie it as a wrapper while some others made skirt and wrapper from the fabric.
I sneaked out of the church service to snap this. God have Mercy on me……
Made new friends in Lokoja-Toyin, Shola and Kemi (lovely people)
All the ladies looking super hot in red with the couple
The French lace was well embroidered, soft and beautiful
The George material with silver trimmings was elegant.
The Gele was on point and really a head turner!
What’s your take on the fabrics and colour combination(in Jenifa’s voice) ?
PS; once again, I would like to wish Ife and Kolade a happy married life.
For some people probably Non-Nigerians, they would be wondering what’s this Aso-ebi all about; so i would like to do a brief introduction of the term ‘’Aso-ebi’’ for clarity of the subject matter.
Aso-ebi is a Yoruba word meaning ‘family cloth/fabric; It’s a fabric used to identify a family mostly the close family of the celebrant in a party. Be it weddings, birthdays, house warming parties aside from the usual colour code given to guest, the close family will always pick a uniform material to wear to the event to signify unity and oneness in the family.
Over the time, Aso-ebi bug extends from family to close friends and later to all invitees or guests.In some settings, the immediate family Aso-ebi would differ from that of the friends of the celebrant and another fabric could be sold to ’other’ invited guests.The price of fabrics and quality always vary depending on the fashion taste of the celebrant
Aso-ebi could be in form of fabrics like Ankara, cotton lace, French lace or just the traditional headgear(gele/aso-oke) women and cap for men.
In most Nigerian weddings the colour and fabric of Aso-ebi of the two families always differ i.e the grooms family aso-ebi would be different from that of the bride’s family.
Wearing a certain Aso ebi identifies the group of wearers and you get ‘compensated’ with some sort of special souvenirs.*wink*
But most importantly for me,i think Aso-ebi is just an expression of family pride, unity and friendship!
My love for Nigerian/African traditional wears is just growing by the day, especially prints and one way in which this is well showcased is through our Aso-ebi culture.
I get lots of invites for parties like weddings, burial ceremony of aged ones, birthdays etc .
In Naija(Nigeria) one information that is tagged informally with your invite is the colour and (or) price of the of the Aso-ebi.
Aso-ebi! oh Aso-ebi! my saving grace for constantly updating my native wears wardrobe.
The Aso-ebi bug has caught up with almost everyone both male and female, young and old, cutting across different class, tribe and language in the country.
When organising parties, one of the items on your to do list is the type of Aso-ebi you want your guest to wear on the D-day. So i thought of starting a blog that would dwell mainly on Aso-ebi for different occasions in order to help everyone and anyone planning their owambe!
Posts would include; types of Aso-ebi, how to pick Aso-ebi, how to distribute Aso-ebi effectively among friends and families, souvenirs for Aso-ebi, getting your money on time as well as getting the Aso-ebi to your gusets on time amongst other issues.
And most importantly we get to see loads of Aso-ebi pictures and samples(that’s the part i love).
welcome to the blog of the aso-ebi junkie!!!