The robe reaches the ankles and may be open along the sides or stitched along the edges. It also has sleeves that hang loosely over the shoulders with opening at the front. Though it should be noted that the Agbada over the years has shortened in length and is worn with the everyday jeans, linen or khaki pants
Other terms to refer to this garment varyfrom one culture to the other: gandoura or leppi, (Cameroon); riga (Hausa); agbada (Yoruba, Dagomba); babban riga (Hausa); k’sa or gandora (Tuareg); darra’a(Maghrebi Arabic); grand boubou (Francophone)
The unisex sandals were originally worn by the Masai and now have progressed globally were at the beginning made from the pelt of buffalo skin. Today the eco-friendly shoes are made from re-cycling old car tyres which add the durability and make them all round affordable.
Also known as Yinka Shonibare the material is primarily associated with Africa mainly because of the tribal-like patterns and motifs although the fabric was in fact originally made in Europe.Ankara was formerly known as Dutch wax print. It was originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market. Unexpectedly, the prints garnered significantly more interest in West Africa. Being opportunists, the Dutch decided to shift market. Subsequently, the prints evolved to reflect African culture and lifestyle hence the name African print and is now one of the cheapest designs worldwideThe full story lies here.
Aso Ilu Oke or Aso-Ofi is traditionally a Yoruba garment predominant in the the Oyo-State, Osu State and Okene Kogi State. The garment made from cotton was worn usually for chieftaincy, festivals, engagement, naming ceremony and other significant ceremonial occasions
In the olden days collars were stiffened with starch however in recent times tailors incorporate interfacing or collar stays.
The craft of ornamenting or decorating a piece of fabric using a needle and thread it may either be the traditional way, via hand or the modern way- using an embroidery machine which has been programmed with specific embroidery patterns.