Celebrating traditional Nigerian style

Tunde Owolabi creates Afrocentric sneakers, bags and more by reviving an almost extinct African fabric.

From the Series

“Some of the fabrics that were created a couple of hundred years ago, you’ll probably find them in museums in Europe and America. But we as Nigerians, I don’t think we really have anything,” says Tunde Owolabi, founder of Ethnik, an Afrocentric fashion house that is reviving the aso oke fabric in Nigeria. Founded in 2015, Ethnik promotes culture and community by tapping into traditional weaving techniques to sustain a traditional, nearly extinct fabric. We spoke to the artist, photographer and designer as part of our journey into the creative pioneers of West Africa.

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