Beauty Sightings: Gorgeous Aso-Oke's and Gele's!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Today we are showcasing BEAUTIFUL brides dressed in their traditional Aso-Oke's and Gele's!!

"An Aso-Oke  (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people of south west Nigeria. "Aso oke" means top cloth in the English language. The fabric is used to make men's gowns, called Agbada, women's wrappers, called iro, and men's hats, called fila. The gele (pronounced gay-lay) is a head wrap synonymous with the Yoruba as well in Nigeria. Geles use materials such as Aso-Oke, Brocade, Damask, and the most popular, Jaquard."

You will  mostly see Yoruba brides wear these outfits during their traditional engagement ceremony (I will go into more detail about what that is on another post). Brides also switch into these outfits towards the end of their wedding reception instead of a shorter dress or a party dress like Western brides. As you will see through these pictures these fabrics come in SOOOO many different colors and combinations. As a bride you can literally choose from a myriad of fabrics, colors, and textures to get the look you want!

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All of the pictures below were borrowed from!!

What color do you want your traditional outfit to be? Which color combo was your favorite? Let us know!!

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Anonymous said...

Go Ghana but sike! I really liked the gold outfit. Is there any meaning tied to the colors of the outfits?

Fola said...

Memi, wow these are beautiful. I've always said that our whole outfit is completely beautiful. These are gorgeous. Thanks for reminding us why we need to celebrate our culture. GORGEOUS!!

Memi said...

TO Anon, no there is no particular meaning to the colors it really us all about preference!

Thanks so much Fola!!

olasumbo said...

OmG I'll b getting married soon and you got me confused on what colour to wear Memi.I'm a dark-coloured and I want olive green aso-oke but haven't decided on blouse colour yet. These are lovely.

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