This aso-oke fila was worn by Shola Bello, a British Nigerian man, at his wedding. Aso-oke translates as ‘top cloth’ or ‘high status cloth’ and was traditionally narrow strip-woven by men. It is a popular choice for special occasion outfits for Yoruba people in Nigeria and in the UK. While some groom’s outfits are entirely made of aso-oke, Shola teamed this fila with an agbada outfit made of a white brocade fabric, to match with his new wife Titi who also wore white. Both of these outfits were collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.
Place: Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa