Isale Eko

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Isale Eko: Land of milk, honey and yellow danfos

Before I go any further, Isale Eko means Downtown Lagos. Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria, West Africa and is famous for its authenticity ranging from food to fashion. Being a tropical country, it is very normal to see people wear loose forms of clothing to ensure proper body ventilation hence the Ankara fabric. On a typical Lagos day, almost everyone spots a touch of Ankara as it is the most comfortable. Ankara has become less a fabric and more a culture as it has evolved into more creative and innovative styles.

So where am I going with this history lesson? I co-hosted an Ankara themed bridal shower (Congrats Ayo!!) to incorporate the nostalgia of Isale Eko, and boy did it work. Everyone interpreted the theme with their own aesthetic and it all turned out beautifully…

Here are a few pictures of our interpretation of “Touch of Ankara”.

BONUS: There are ethnic/Ankara ideas you can pick from to create your own “Isale Eko” vibe…

ANKARA JACKET

TURBAN

PRINTS

DANSHIKI

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DAMASK SHIFT DRESS

PATTERNS

SWEETHEART NECKLINE

OFF SHOULDER

ANKARA

GOLD & YELLOW

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