Can I Iron My Aso Oke/Ofi?

Aso Ofi and attires are, in general, made from fine fabrics. Popular fabrics range from 100% plain cotton, printed cotton (wax print), cotton-kente, and cotton brocade with elaborate designs woven into the fabrics.

Upscale fabrics include George, Damask, various varieties of lace fabrics and hand-loomed Aso Oke fabrics which are most popular with Yoruba Royalty of Nigeria. In turn, Aso Oke fabrics are hand-loomed either with pure cotton yarn, cotton with metallic thread accents or completely with metallic silk threads.

Many African outfits come with heavy embroideries, often handcrafted, that require careful handling and care.

Wax prints, Brocade prints, and solid Brocade. Most of the wax, brocade and solid-print African attires on the Africastyles website are 100% cotton. Outfits made from such fabrics have a tendency to shrink depending on how it is cared for. We advise that you follow the recommended care instructions in order to get the best out of your unique African clothes.
Machine wash with warm water and mild soap.
Avoid the spin cycle
Hang to dry
Iron on the wrong side using the setting for Cotton, or use cooler settings

Cotton Aso Oke
As the name indicates, the cotton Aso Oke are hand-woven with 100% cotton yarns. Because these clothes are not everyday clothes, they do not require frequent care. On average, you only need to clean/wash your Aso Oke once every three to four wearing. Though cotton is machine washable, we strongly discourage you from machine washing your Aso Oke for whatever reason. If you can find a knowledgeable dry-cleaner, the best practice is to use a dry cleaning service. Otherwise, don’t despair.

Hand wash with mild soap
Hang to dry
Iron with hot iron (setting for cotton)

Metalic Aso Oke
The metallic Aso Oke is hand-woven with synthetic or silk yarn and they are very good at repelling dirt. When and if you must clean/wash your metallic Aso Oke set, follow the outlined care instruction.

Dry clean or hand wash with very mild liquid soap
Hang to dry
No ironing (they don’t need ironing)

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