Traditional Nigerian Textiles Meet Contemporary African Design
Ethnik by T.O. is a stylish range of contemporary African design footwear and fashion accessories made with beautifully woven Aso Oke, a traditional Yoruba textile. The collection, launched in 2015, is the brainchild of photographer and designer Tunde Olowabi, who by tapping into his heritage is adding to the diverse creative voices shaping contemporary African design.
[Main image credits: Ethnik by T.O. – Tunde Olowabi Studios]
[Image credits: Ethnik by T.O. – Tunde Olowabi Studios]
The brilliant, jewel-like colours of the fabrics are turned into eye-catching footwear for both men and women, as well as complementary roomy totes. And, the hand-woven nature of the fabrics means each product is slightly different from the other. Tunde’s interest in working with Aso Oke came whilst researching traditional Nigerian headgear, and upon discovering the fabric to be one the few remaining locally made fabrics began to further explore it’s significance in culture and the methods of production on traditional looms, finding it to be a manual, time-consuming process in which the utmost attention to detail is made.
[Image credit: Ethnik by T.O. – Tunde Olowabi Studios]
Ethnik by T.O. is produced in Nigeria, where Tunde lives and works having established his eponymous studio in 2011.
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