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The Merriest of Christmases ever – to my fellow Christians, & seasons greetings to all, the world over – Tọla Adenle

From my family to all of yours, may this joyous season when we Christians celebrate the birth of the King of kings be a safe and happy one for you and all yours, and may the coming year be a fruitful and peaceful one for us all.

And for the world, may the peace that eludes it be closer than it has ever been.
“Let there be peace on earth … and let it begin with me”.

TỌLA
Xmas 2015

 

CLARKESome Yoruba antique aṣọ òkè, all neatly displayed for sale at Adire African Textiles

 

 

xmas 2015

Dr. Adenle with blogger and Dr. Duncan Clarke after showing us round his gallery, perhaps the most intriguing and comprehensive reach of AFRICAN textiles, especially aṣọ òkè not only of the Yorubas but collections from Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and other places.

Dr. Clarke, who got his doctorate in African Studies-related discipline from the University of Ife (now OAU), has published widely on Africa, and has publications that are critically acclaimed, including –

Clarke, Duncan. Nigerian Men’s Weaving:[Various photographs] Adire African Textiles.
Clarke, Duncan, 1997. The art of African textiles. Thunder Bay Press, San Diego. 128 pp.

Dr. Clarke runs his one-of-a-kind beautiful gallery in London. Even though we “just stopped by”, I could not but pick up a few tiny aṣọ òkè mementos during our brief visit. I plan to return to shop!

 

 

CLARKElabelled

All-cotton spools of threads as they always are when to be used for weaving.

 

All photographs taken at the Adirẹ African Textiles Gallery, Alfies Antique Market, London, December, 2015. [All Photo Credits: 2015, Adejọkẹ Adedeji, nee Adenle]

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2015. 4:25 a.m. [GMT]

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9 Comments on “The Merriest of Christmases ever – to my fellow Christians, & seasons greetings to all, the world over – Tọla Adenle”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Merry Christmas Mrs Adenle. Emi wa a se opo re ninu alaafia ati ilera, o. Also thank you for sharing Dr Clark’s Aso Oke Collection…

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      Thank you very much for the good wishes. May He grant us many more healthy and happy years.

      Dr. Clarke’s Gallery was quite a revelation: of what a single person who is not only non-Yoruba but a non-African can achieve in the preservation of African textiles which are basic to our cultural heritage – can and has done. What shows quickly to any visitor to his gallery/store is the genuine love he must have to go to the lengths he does to acquire the inventory because he and Dr. Adenle talked about places he has visited that are common to both.

      Since the gallery is in your “neighborhood”, check out his book on African textiles if you get to stop by.

      The gallery is a challenge to Africans to learn to preserve their various cultures of which clothes are an integral part.

      My regards, as always, and a very safe and successful year for you and all yours.
      TOLA.

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  2. Timothy Otunla Says:

    Aburo mi atata, Oju a ma rodun o. Ure ayo ati alafia fun wa. Ki agba maa ro wa lorun di ojo ale. E de ku ise babara ti e nse lori irapada asa ati ise atijo awon enia wa. Ulu a mo oore o. To followers of the very successful ministries of the Palestinian revolutionary and cult happy anniversary. Bounties of wellness and happiness to you and your family into 2016 and beyond. We love and admire you .taobette otunla

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sir,

      Thank you very much, Dear Ẹgbọn for all the good wishes, and a big Amen to all your prayers. Work on the book is on course, and God willing, set deadline will be met.

      My sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sir,

      Thank you very much, Dear Ẹgbọn for all the good wishes, and a big Amen to all your prayers. Work on the book is on course, and God willing, set deadline will be met.

      My sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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  3. Naijamum Says:

    Will like to visit Dr Clarke’s shop and check out his collections. By the way that your ‘muffler’ or scarf is fantastic, I might copy your style if you permit. Merry Christmas ma. Odún á yabo fún wa o.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Naija Mom,

      Where, first of all, have you been?

      I use aso oke as shawls a lot both at home and away from. In Nigeria, I use it with Western clothes; check out Under Yoruba Tradition and Culture, MODERN USES FOR ASO OKE: https://emotanafricana.com/2013/06/01/o-le-ku-the-more-things-change-the-more-they-remain-the-same-modern-uses-for-aso-oke/.

      Of course, styles in fashion are never patented nor could they ever be, but I appreciate your civility! And we all owe it a responsibility never to let what our ancestors bequeathed to the world of textile technology, die. This is why we must shun those metsl-type Chinese imports even while we must continue to be on the dynamic side of preserving aso oke.

      Other cultures may borrow a bit to dilute their cultures but the cores of these cultures always remain.

      Dr. Clark will welcome you at his 13-25 Church Street, London Gallery at Alfies Antique Market in downtown London. There are other quaint shops with nice offerings in the true-to-British tradition of preserving the old in the “market” but when there, head for your aso oke and adire destination first for obvious reason!

      Odun a ba ‘wa l’ayo, o. Merry Xmas, and Many thanks.
      Tola.

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  4. Femi Aborisade Says:

    Thank you Ma! Happy Celebrations!! Femi Aborisade
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