Fashion Friday: Aso Ebi


Aso Ebi is the traditional attire selected for an occasion by a family. These ceremonies include weddings, birthday parties and even funerals. However it now includes friends and has fast become an all occasion affair.

The frenzy for an Aso Ebi usually starts as soon as a bride and groom fixes a wedding date. Her friends begin talks about what color and type of fabric to be selected to make the ceremony a colorful  event. ASO EBI


Aso Ebi selected for an occasion can be an ankara, lace, and Aso Oke.  The ankara or lace attire will be complemented by an Aso Oke/Ofi  Gele or Fila.ASO EBI 1

Ofi or Aso Oke fabric originally comes in three major types: Sanyan, Alaari, and Etu but this has changed with modern trends. Now Aso Oke weavers have become more flexible combining a variety of colors.

So when planning for what to wear for an occasion there is a variety of Aso Ebi to choose from. No need to worry about a selected fabric been too expensive for friends and families. Simply follow the saying, “Cut your cloth according to your size”. That means  pick a fabric your circle can afford reasonably. Ankara fabrics are usually cheaper than lace materials.


One can get Ankara for as low as N1500(low quality) preferable a nice quality Ankara would go for N3000. A good lace will cost N5000 but there are lace fabrics that cost as much as N50,000, N100,000. Again i say pick a fabric that is reasonably affordable depending on your which class you belong to. It is all up to you!

Benefit of Aso Ebi: In a wedding ceremony, it makes it easy to identify the groom and bride’s family/friends.

It helps to show case the colors selected for the wedding. Usually fabrics are selected according to the color chosen for the ceremony. Pictures come out nicely.

Funny Side of Aso Ebi: At occasions you find a family member of the celebrant sharing gift items to only those who have purchased their selected fabric at a table. So others who are not wearing the fabric are left feeling out of place.  Not so nice if you ask me, i mean whoever takes the time to come out and celebrate with you deserves to be treated nicely. So look for something that would compensate them too after all they are all your guests.

And this one…Makes it easy to know which side of the canopy you belong to: the bride or groom’s family. Then you’ll know where to pitch your tent in terms of sitting in the right place! You are likely to get all the special dishes at the reception if you happen to be wearing the selected fabric.

Word Glossary:

Aso Oke/Ofi: Yoruba traditional woven fabric  to complement an attire. This can be used as head tie for women, fila(cap) for men, men gown known as Agbada

Sanyan: Light Brown and white Aso Oke

Alaari: A rich red Aso Oke

Etu: Blue Black colored Aso Oke

Ankara: Known as African Print, Holland or Dutch Prints

Lace: Delicate fabric open weblike pattern often made from thread or yarn. Sometimes designed with stones and it can be made by hand or machine.

Gele: Head tie

Fila: Men’s traditional cap

Photo Credit:



Adebisi Adetunji

7 thoughts on “Fashion Friday: Aso Ebi

  1. It also causes division just as you pointed out. Disagreement between husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, rich relatives and the poor ones who dont have the money to buy the selected materials. But surely, it gives colour to ceremonies.

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    • So true Uchenna. I mean we give ourselves a lot of hassles thinking that unless i buy that Aso ebi, i won’t fit in or my not buying means i am not identifying with the celebrant. Although there are some necessary and “must” buy Aso ebi o! Thanks for taking the time to read.


  2. I love reading your blog and learning so many interesting things. Aso Ebi and its vocabulary is now part of my stored knowledge. The photos are quite beautiful, and the story made me chuckle a bit thinking about what drama wedding days can be everywhere in the world. Thank you….Clare

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