4 Nigerian Fabrics for Native Wears

Whether for aso-ebi or weekend wears, every Nigerian craves for some glorious native wears in his/her closet. But, most times, finding the perfect fabric is a hassle. So, you’ll rather stick to the status quo of purchasing ready-made English wears because poor fabric equals poor attire. And because Poor attires are complete nightmares, you’ll rather not venture that path.

Rather than go to the fabric market uninformed about your fabric decisions, take a seat. We’ll show you the four major fabrics available in the Nigerian market for native wears.

1. Ankara

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Though originally not African, Ankara also known as Dutch wax print has become a major African fabric. It is an African heirloom that even non-Africans envy. The Ankara is suitable for making whatever style you desire. Native wears? Yes. English attires? Yes yes!

Nevertheless, when purchasing this fabric, you’ve to check and cross-check every fibre of the fabric to avoid buying a fake. Ankara fabrics are available in six and 12 yards. To become an Ankara-buying genius, read our guide on how to identify original wax print fabrics.

2. Lace

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Perfect for Nigerian native wears, lace fabrics are of different types. We have the; French lace, guipure lace, tulle lace, paper lace, jute lace, beaded lace, chord lace, sequined lace and george lace. Celebrants and guests are commonly dressed in these exotic lace fabrics at Nigerian parties. More-so, since they come in grades, wearing certain ones are often a show of class and wealth.

Lace fabrics are beautiful, glorious and everything gorgeous. Their only downside is their fragility which demands a lot of care and attention. If you don’t, you end up ruining your expensive, darling fabric. Read here on how to take proper care of your Nigerian lace fabrics.

3. Atiku

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The Atiku fabric is a popular one among the men. Its cotton-like feel makes it an all-time favourite for many men. Moreover, it’s an excellent fabric for making agbada or senator wears.

The fabric is available in different colours, stripes and patterns. Atikus’ are high-quality fabrics, therefore they’re quite expensive as their price ranges from N10,000 to hundreds of thousands. Every dime spent on purchasing the fabric is totally worth it because of its many uses. More-so, the atiku fabric possesses an excellent texture and stands the test of time.

4. Aso-Oke

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If you’re familiar with Yoruba events, you’ll know that they require excellent outfits. Mediocre outfits are a no-no for the Yorubas’. During any of these Yoruba special events, the aso-oke is often a go-to outfit because it speaks luxury and wealth. This special woven Yoruba clothing has been around for ages. They’re for traditional weddings, chieftaincy events, festivals and other traditional ceremonies.

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A product of locally sourced cotton, dye, silk and fibre, the aso-oke is unique with myriads of patterns and colours. However, the advent of the 21st century changed the aso-oke materials from locally sourced to imported materials. Like every other fabric, aso-oke has grades too. Its fabric quality and quantity reflects the class and affluence of the wearer.

Now that you know the fabrics suitable for your native wears, it’s time to stock that closet up with some Ankara, senator, lace and aso-oke outfits.

Remember, we have all these fabrics available for you. Check our catalogue to see high-quality fabric suitable for your native needs.

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