STATE OF TRADITIONAL ATTIRES USAGE AMONG THE CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA
Adire and Aso-oke are important dress-items in many traditional ceremonies and social events amongst the Yoruba people. There is a noticeable decline in the use of Yoruba cultural dresses such as aran, etc during outing. This is aside from aso-oke and adire. A lot of factors are responsible for this. This study is aimed at creating awareness on the use of the adire and aso-oke among youth. The study was carried out in both Lagos and Abeokuta. At Mainland local government area in Lagos, a total of 70 youths were randomly selected and four elderly men and women were purposely selected to know the elderly peoples view of aso-oke and adire usage in the recent times and in the past. Both interview and questionnaire methods were used to collect data: interview guide were used to collect information in order to achieve a better objective, while other means such as visuals and fabric materials are also employed to gather pieces of information on the current use of adire and aso-oke among the youths. Results indicate that the usage of adire and aso-oke among the youth is limited to ceremonial occasion only. The paper also reveals that aso-oke is not popularly used among the youth in both Abeokuta and Lagos, but adire is faintly given prominence. Both adire and aso-oke are old standing craft that have more than a century of longstanding tradition in Yorubaland. There is a probability that if both attires can be redesigned with price reduction, public enlightenment and encouragement from parents and guardians will make the youth of today would a second thought in reconsidering adire and aso-oke as their best attire for fashion
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