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ART OF ABELA LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
“Òfì” (Garment of Nobility) is variably referred to as Aso-Ofi or Aso Oke. A prestigious cotton hand-processed fabric with cultural relevance strongly linked to the Yorubas of western Nigeria and dates back to circa the 15th century. The status-clad symbolic relevance of the “Òfì” is still evident in contemporary Yoruba culture in spite of its evolution through modernity. The Aso-Ofi was a valued piece of fabric with cultural variations symbolizing different Yoruba ethnicities and high status.
Etu, Sanyan, Alaari, Eya, and Takunsi are referenced patterns in its era. The weight of the fabric and its patterns were an indication of the wearer’s wealth & status in society. In the midst of its evolution lies the interesting elements of this true Yoruba relic; the cotton raw material, the color dye process, and the stow-away techniques of old.The conceptual scent “Ofi (the garment of nobility)” is an olfactive interpretation of the symphony of these elements and their impact on the finished fabric. It is reminiscent of an old era of rich fabric and the display of wealth and nobility of the wearers in its time.
menthol, rose, orange flower, spice, leather, ambergris, cashmere, sandalwood, oakmoss, dark musk
Deola “ABELA” Paul-Inyang
Net Weight: 240g / 8.5 oz
Approximate Burn Time: 60 hours
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