Ladunni Lambo recently featured at the London Fashion Week. I like the fact that you can tell immediately from some of her designs what's Aso Oke. Some more modern designs of Aso Oke cannot be distinguished from machine made
Our humble organic, hand dyed, authentic Yoruba print is set to hit the Spring Summer 2018 runways in America. So Vogue Magazine and The NewYorker say....
In The New Yorker-
The New Yorker
West Africa's Most Daring Designer
The New Yorker
You read that right. 4000 years old. 2000 BC . Around the time the Pyramids were being built in Egypt, and before the kingdom of Kush arose. Tools excavated in Ile Ife have been scientifically dated to be
This annual event in Iseyin Oyo State for buyers and weavers, is a welcome development to promote the use of our indigenous Yoruba fabric amongst ourselves and to the outside world. A huge market site for Aso Oke
Slave Cabin, Praise House installation opens in Franklin Park Sunday afternoon
A public art installation honoring the lives and traditions of African Americans and their ancestors will open with an afternoon reception in Franklin Park this Sunday,
Authentic Adire hand dyed the traditional way, uses patterns which denote things like peace, celebration, wealth, success, crossroads and many more subtle meanings. Its been termed an "unspoken language".
Jamaican Lucille Junkere travelled to Yorubaland for an immersive experience
Any Yoruba worth their name will tell you that Iyun means red bead. But what each person considers to be Iyun ranges from Made-In-China cheap plastic mass produced beads, to farmed-in-China dyed coral beads. Nothing Yoruba about these
1,000-Year-Old Colored Glass Beads Discovered in Yorubaland,West Africa
Livescience.com reported that,
"A newly discovered treasure trove of more than 10,000 colorful glass beads, as well as evidence of glassmaking tools, suggests that an ancient city in southwestern Nigeria was one
Adire Eleko is the Yoruba indigo hand painted fabric that tells stories, commemorates event, passes messages or gives proverbs. It is unique among our other Adire Oniko designs because a cassava starch resist is used ( not raffia
There are apparently Ifa verses relating to the creation of our Hand Dyed Adire Indigo technique, Our ancestors made and wore Adire , first dyeing indigenous fabric like kijipa with indigo dye from homegrown plants, and later dyeing
It's one of the most iconic Adire patterns, the osupa (moon) or cycle of life pattern, modelled below as part of Ade Bakare's Ready to Wear collection.
The Osupa (moon) pattern or Cycle of Life pattern is created by
Obviously not a Yoruba celebration but as with so many other Western traditions, Valentine's Day is set to take a significant share of the money in our wallets in February. Who wants their love to feel left out when
I don't know if there's an English word for the feeling one gets when dressed in full Yoruba traditional attire. It goes beyond bursting with pride. There's also a sense of wellbeing, completeness, belonging, self assurance. You are
According to news reports , the Adire community in Kenta , Ogun state is calling for state government help, and these are the reasons why:
The cottage industry has largely been abandoned.
Designer Seyi Amao.
Aso Oke , handwoven on looms in Western Nigeria, beloved indigenous fabric of the Yorubas, is twisted, clipped, stitched and glued into fabulous hats
The Sissy Remi collection is made up of different types of Aso Oke
Babajide Olatunji's Tribal Mark series on Instagram
Yoruba scarification raises all kinds of emotions. For those marked at infancy who bear them cheerfully or resignedly, for the history they carry, for those who mock/pity people bearing them, and for
Is Annalise Keating getting spiritual ? Can you see it?
Yoruba diviners belts are traditional part of the Babalawo regalia but are increasingly being bought and sold as talismans and/or wall hangings. Given the drama in the character Annalise's
Did you know? That stories encoded in Ejiogbe, the first of the 256 chapters of the Ifa divination oral literature, credited the origin of patterned dyeing in various hues to Orunmila- the Yoruba deity of wisdom and divination
Red stone bead making was a craft of the people of Old Oyo. Jasper , Agate or Chalcedony stone was quarried by the Hausa and traded at Ilorin in exchange for cloth and garments .
The Yoruba bead makers would fashion
To all appearances, being that she lives and works in Ibadan, Iya Wa is an Ibadan woman. But what do the scarifications say? Cheat sheet below
We took this photo in Ibadan recently. Scarification is getting harder and