GLOSSARY & LINKS
Agbada: big rectangle of material worn as a loose robe.
Ankara: printed cotton cloth derived from classic ‘African’ wax prints. Comprises Genuine Dutch Wax brands such as Vlisco as well as cheaper roller-printed brands known as fancy prints. There are mills printing cotton in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria and Benin Republic.
aso ebi: cloth worn by the whole family at a function expressing solidarity.
aso oke: traditional hand loom strip-woven cloth; high value, high status.
Buba and iro: loose square blouse without fastenings and a long piece of cloth tied as a wrapper, worn together.
Bubu: not to be confused with buba, is a general name for a woman's loose, wide, full length garment like an agbada or a kaftan.
Customer: in local usage once a buyer and seller transact with each other regularly they are both known as ‘the customer’.
Gele: headtie. May be local hand woven aso oke or imported damask or brocade: it helps if it's quite stiff to hold the desired shape.
Iborun: extra piece of cloth used to carry a baby. Part of women's formal attire with or without baby.
Iro, lapa: cloth wrapper worn round the waist.
Kano: this historical market in Northern Nigeria, established in the 15 Century, was a major centre for trans-Saharan trade in goods and crafts - gold, leather, pottery, weaving and dying. It caters to local commercial interests, trade with the South and with global markets such as China.
Ofi: traditional hand woven cloth as worn by women.
Resource Control: A particular semi-formal style of lightweight men's wear incorporating African and western design elements.
Up-and-down: blouse worn with one short and one long wrapper.
Another Nigerian graduate in the tailoring business, interview by The Daily Trust.
fabric trading and manufacture.
Middlesex Textiles, selling to diaspora Nigerians in UK, showing lace, George, ankara, gele etc (not real aso oke.)
Abstract from a study of the Kaduna Textile Industry detailing chronic infrastructure problems for industry in Nigeria.
#71 “African Fabrics”: the history of dutch wax prints
Vlisco Stories. With every fabric comes a story.
Buying Local, Thinking Global Isn’t As Easy As You Think from African Urbanism.
The Modern Tale of Nigerian Wax-Resist Textiles from WIPO, World Intellectual Copyright Organisation, about the problem of copyright with regard to made-in-Africa fabrics in an era of globalisation.
Buying fabric in Accra a memoir from Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices.
African Queens of Textiles: the Nana Benz of Togo.
fashion and personal style
Google image search Tsekiri Brides complete with silver or gold attire.
inside my mother’s closet a post about aso oke from a thoughtful blog about ‘textiles, colour and culture’.
Post on modern applications of aso oke from designdaba.com
Documentary from TVC News Nigeria with interviews from makers including the lady in 'An adire excursion' on this site.
The Famous Adire Merchants of Abeokuta newspaper article from The Daily Trust.