Modern woven Aso Oke fabric from Nigeria
A blue and gold Aso-oke fabric in the ‘Onjawu’ perforated style.
Aso-Oke (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is short for Aso Ilu Oke which means clothes from the up-country. It is also sometimes refereed to as Aso-Ofi. It is a hand loom, woven cloth made mostly by the Yoruba tribe of south west Nigeria. It is of a similar tradition to Kente cloth from Ghana. It is woven in strips and these strips are traditionally sewn together to make clothing.
It is a thick fabric which is similar in texture to denim or canvas. This makes it a great choice for upholstery projects, cushions, totes, bags and more. It also works well as a trim for larger projects.
This particular aso-oke comes in pre-cut strips of approximately 4.4 metres each. Each strip has a width of 7 inches (18 cm). This means you will receive a strip with a continuous length of 4.4 metres and 7 inch width. The . You can then cut and sew together the pieces for your own specific needs. Use pinking shears and cut across the width of the material. Avoid cutting along the length of the material as the weave will unravel.
You also have the option of buying the full bundle. This consists of 4 strips each 4.4 metres long (a total of approximately 17.5 metres) which will give you a saving compared to buying the individual strips. It is up to you!
This version is also referred to as ‘Onjawu’ as it is woven with perforations as an added feature. Great if you have a project that requires layering. Would work beautifully over a contrasting coloured material underneath.
Woven strip fabric
Strip Width- 7 inches (18 cm)
Woven in Nigeria
Want to know a little bit more about this beautiful cloth? Check out our post ‘The Beauty of Aso Oke- Traditonal Yoruba Clothing’.
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4.4 metre strip, 1 Bundle