The word “Aso” in Yoruba means cloth and ebi denotes family, so Aso ebi can be described as a family cloth worn for social ceremonies.
Aso-ebi sometimes spelt as Aso ebi is a uniform dress that is traditionally worn in Nigeria and some West African cultures as an indicator of cooperation and solidarity during ceremonies and festive periods. The purpose of wearing the dress can be to serve as self-identification with relatives or friends during social occasions and funerals.
Aso-ebi in recent times has become a city phenomenon that has diffused to each other West African cultures. Dealers of imported and local textile materials have also benefited from the boom in demand for uniform dressing. Aso ebi practice is still sometimes used as an identification with affluence, some wear expensive embroidery and extra layers of cloth, whereas others, who can’t afford a whole outfit, add only matching tops and head coverings.
Colours of Aso ebi
Burnt orange, Magenta, Sky blue, Gold, Onions, Emerald green, Lilac