This gele is an elaborate Yoruba headwrap, part of an outfit that was commissioned by the owner, Funmi, for her engagement ceremony in Lagos in 1995. Funmi and her husband Dotun had four wedding events in total, two took place in the UK and two took place in Nigeria. Aso-oke, which translates as ‘top cloth’ or ‘high status cloth’ is a formal textile, traditionally woven by men. It is primarily made from cotton or silk, woven in long narrow strips which are sewn together and then tailored into garments. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.
Place: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
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