What Are Some Nigerian Fashion Design Styles?


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Some Nigerian fashion styles including clothing made from Ankara cloth, the aso-ebi traditional style for weddings and the gele, a type of head tie. Ankara cloth is often combined with lace, chiffon or other materials to make garments in the Nigerian fashion.

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Ankara cloth is a type of boldly patterned cotton fabric that is a staple of Nigerian fashion design and style. Alternate terms for Ankara cloth include "wax" and "print." Ankara is available through many different brands, such as vlisco Ankara wax, Ghana wax, Nigerian wax and woodin print.

It is popular to combine Ankara cloth with lace to create different Nigerian styles. Lace is tremendously popular in Nigeria and is used to adorn special clothing made from Ankara cloth that is worn at weddings and parties. Popular styles of Nigerian lace include in-vogue cord lace/guipure and iro and buba styles.

Aso-ebi is a type of Nigerian fashion in which members of a family all wear the same type and pattern of fabric when attending a wedding or other type of social event. Their matching outfits are meant to signal a sense of unity and support within the family, as well as represent all sides of the family. The term "aso-ebi" actually translates to "cloth of the family." Ankara cloth is often used to create aso-ebi styles.

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