By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Aso iborun-nla (a large wrapper), Yoruba peoples, Nigeria. Photo by Lisa Aronson.


The town of Okene in central Nigeria is an important center for women's weaving. Okene weavers are famous for the production of fashionable cloths, reflecting the chic styles of the moment. The Okene cloth market attracts traders from great distances; merchants from distant Nigerian cities and even from countries as far away as Senegal purchase cloths in Okene to sell in markets all over western Africa. Okene weavers are often quick to adapt new, fashionable materials to their work and are constantly developing new designs.