The 35th National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) continues to thrill Nigerians as the display of Nigerian creativity in indigenous fabric designs left many in awe. costumes.The indigenous weaving and fashion competition segment of the festival held at the National Stadium, Lagos, had the states of Bayelsa, Delta, Ogun, Kogi, Ekiti and Kwara showcasing their wealth of creativity.Delta, known as the state of Big Heart took creativity to another level as they showcased local fabrics used to create security men’s uniforms, chef’s uniforms and some corporate attire. Local fabrics used included aso-oke, ankara, adire, and isiagu. Behind, while showing the essence of beauty in simplicity, the fact that fashion was not just an outfit but a statement was reinforced. The state known for its mass production of custom fabrics displays different uniforms made from the fabric in colorful and beautiful designs. Lagos State, the Land of Excellence, rich in raffia and many other resources exhibited shoes made from the combination of raffia and aso-oke. the Nation affirmed this with the unique display of carefully designed uniforms for various purposes. For Kwara, the State of Harmony, he manipulated local fabrics peculiar to the state to produce different styles. The state known with local fabrics such as asho-etu and sanyan used In ancient times, beautiful outfits were created for wedding ceremonies to the amazement of revelers. Etu combined with Adire cloth was also used to make their shoes. The State of Honor and Integrity, the state of Ekiti in a dramatic display presented the Wing. Confluence City, exhibited locally handwoven material called Ashi, kind used in the society in the old days. The state strategically designed Ashi in multiple colours, carefully collected from states across the federation, to sensitize Nigerians to the need to remain one as a nation. The glory of all lands, Bayelsa had embellished Etipiri, abada, aso-oke, as well as tying and dyeing cloth on display. Indigenous Cloth and Fashion The exhibition will be an eye-opener for Nigerians and it is up to Nigerian leaders to seize the enormous opportunities in the textile industry. This is another industry capable of addressing the nation’s employment challenge.
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