OONI OF IFE INAUGURATES A NEW ADIRE TEXTILE HUB IN ILE IFE
Ooni of Ife has commissioned Africa Fashion week, London and Nigeria to build a new cultural center in Ile Ife. This initiative was flagged of with the launch of Adire textile hub during the Annual Aje Festival which took place in the state on February 22, 2021.
The new cultural complex project which will require national and international funding will be built on a 30,000 square meters of land in Ile-Ife.
Founder of Africa Fashion Week, Princess Ademiluyi, stated that the Cultural Centre will be a repository for the indigenous arts and crafts found in Africa; An initiative which will provide opportunities for cultural exchange between African and international students of design to learn about the unique adire fabric.
According to her, “Other facilities within the complex will include a gallery for visiting exhibitions, a textile museum, a digital library, heritage artisan village (which will include the bronze casting, terracotta pottery and wood carving); an aso-oke cloth weaving pavilion, Yoruba culture academy, a design innovation lab and residential lodges.”