Nigerian Traditional Engagement Trend Alert: Mismatch Aso-Oke & Damask For Groom, Lace Blouse, Iro & Buba For Brides And Velvet Embroidery Iro & French Lace For The Ore-Iyawo
I stumbled on a beautiful Nigerian traditional engagement wedding photos on Jide Alakija’s website, and I just couldn’t stop myself from sharing with our readers! The whole of my fingers were itching to just start typing the words, even though I do not really know what to right about specifically as many ideas are running through my head right now. But first thing first, let’s talk about the bride. I must say, she’s one of them most elegant brides I have ever come across, her demeanour is just amazing, words can’t describe. I have always wanted to see brides who are willing to ditch the typical iro and buba (norm) and choose their own part, and this gorgeous lady did it for me. Although I have seen Leila Fowler Kuku do the same thing and right now I do feel like, it’s more like an elite thing to set the pace and others follow, or the brides are just doing their own thing, stepping away from the ‘typical’! I remember saying to my friends that I don’t think I would look good in iro + buba, and they all laughed at me, which is quite frankly the truth, I have always knew I won’t wear a buba unless errmmmm, lets just leave that for another day. But any way, that aside, there are quite a number of interesting observations I had by visiting a Jide Alakija’s blog, and I would like to discuss my opinions. So please bear with me, if it does feel like I’m rambling, I just want to get my points and observation across…..so please do continue reading.
1. My first observation was the groom’s agbada aso-oke and damask mismatch: We think this is becoming a trend now, and YES we are totally on this very sophisticated & uber stylish trend. Lining the inner part of the groom’s agbada aso-oke is not what you see every now and again, this is just so fresh! We all know aso-oke and damask are classics and when combined together they make an astonishing timeless piece….we at Nigerian wedding are totally in love with this new trend, and this is another way to add a theme to even traditional engagement ceremony! Our brains are pumping with ideas for our readers and although we were going to do a post about it earlier but getting a third look just confirms we were on the right track, hence so excited. Generally speaking, during the Nigerian traditional engagement ceremony, all attention are on the bride and her friends and very few people pay attention to the groom, or what he’s wearing. But this time around, the groom’s aso-oke agbada fashion is stepping up it’s game big time, like really…men are not joking, they are clearly mismatching. And we can only hope some fashion conscious men will take the cue from this trend before it’s overly done. We’ve only seen the champagne and gold aso-oke and damask mismatch, we are hoping a lot of grooms will be bold enough to use other fabulous aso-oke and damask colors for their mismatch ideas. This groom aso-oke & damask mismatch trend started with the wedding of Leila Fowler Kuku, I remember seeing that picture on Bella Naija and I thought to myself, now that’s what I’m talking about, something fresh, new and just very modernized….dashing the old some sort of new glamor and uber sophistication!
Damask is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibres, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern. While aso-oke is a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people of south west Nigeria. Aso oke means top cloth in the English language. Usually woven by men, the fabric is used to make men’s gowns, called Agbada, women’s wrappers, called iro, and men’s hats, called fila.
2. The bride, I absolutely love the fact that though she’s yoruba, she wasn’t bound by the norm to wear the buba, even though she had on her Iro and gele. It feels like this brides are actually on some other level, and we totally love it. They both didn’t need too much accessories nor excessive make-up to look stunning, it’s all about the natural beauty. First seen on Leila Fowler Kuku, now on Lolade, I think am in love with this style and we can’t express it enough. The attire was still very cultural but with a contemporary twist, and oh that cape…..WOW, we heart it!
3. Finally, I got to the part I have been itching to write about, and that’s the ore-iyawo’s outfit! WOW….simply beautiful. I couldnt close my mouth for a few seconds when I saw this stunning velvet iro, wrapper or skirt whatever you want to call it, and trust me it’s not as if we haven’t seen such beautiful clothes before, but we are simply amazed by the way it was well put together, geeeeez we thought we’ve seen it all with the french lace, the dupion satin, the ankara’s etc. But not yet, something more sophisticated is brewing up among the elites in Nigerian and we sure want our readers in on this fabulous trend too! Check out the stunning photos, the fabrics, the styles and the gorgeous women wearing them…..and just swoooooon, like we did!
The velvet fabric simply reminds me of the Vivienne Westwood velvet slippers or the Guiseppe Zanotti, so silky smooth, and yes the colour chosen and that gele colour wow, we must say nice color blocking going on. They must have had some style consultation because this is absolutely one of the best ore-iyawo style combination we’ve come across in a while and we hope, some brides start to think creatively and do something that reflects their personalities, style and overall taste!
Velvet is one special kind of fabric woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of velvet at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. Velvet can be made from many different kinds of fibres, traditionally silk. Velvet made entirely from silk are quite expensive due to it’s luxurious qualities, it can also be made from other fibers such as linen, mohair, and wool. It also reminds me of the era of ‘akpoche’…not sure if that’s how it’s spelt, but by now you all must have gotten my drift!