Aso-Oke (pronounced ah-SHOW-kay) is short for Aso Ilu Oke which means clothes from the up-country for the top drawer. It is a hand woven cloth made mostly by the Yoruba tribe of south west Nigeria. The woven strips are sewn together to make clothing.
This has become one of my favorite fabrics to work with. The history, the colors and texture that it is woven into, are quite unique. The intentional use of this fabric is to celebrate the history and culture of my country. It is also an opportunity to showcase the skill and craftmanship of the locals who diligently hand loom these beautiful fabrics.
Aso-oke is usually worn on special occasions like coronations, festivals, weddings, funerals, engagement parties, naming ceremonies and other important events. It serves traditionally as formal wear. Aso-Oke is often also worn as Aso-Ebi (ebi meaning friends, and/or family) where similar colors are worn by all to a particular event to symbolize unity.
Our collection reinvents the traditional way of wearing aso-oke to a contemporary, chic and edgy designs to depict well sought after high fashion.
The signature “eye” design is symbolic of the name of the brand. “ANYA” in the Nigerian Ibo language means eye/vision. It is about how the founder of the brand Vivien Anyaduba Agbakoba sees beauty – “Beautiful in every form”