Yele’s Heritage Prints: Uniting Art and Fashion with Yoruba African Traditions


This Black History Month, Yele honors the rich tapestry of West African heritage specifically Yorubaland in Nigeria through our exclusive fabric prints. Each print – Unity, Beauty, and Royalty – carries a deep cultural significance, woven with symbols that tell stories of community, empowerment, and regal heritage. Dive into the narratives behind these designs and how they embody the essence of our brand and heritage.

The Unity Print: Art as a Key to Unity

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A vibrant display of the Unity print created by DHARMIECOAL TEXTILES for Yele

The Unity print encapsulates the essence of togetherness. Symbols like scissors, a compound, and broomsticks illustrate the power of unity – how individual efforts combine to create a strong, effective community. This fabric reminds us that together, we can achieve greatness.

The Beauty Print: Celebrating Women’s Roles

Showcasing the Beauty print created by Dharmiecoal textiles for Yele

Celebrating the pivotal role of women as both beauties and pillars in our communities, this print features flowers, cowries, and pillars. It serves as a homage to women’s enduring strength and their role in enriching our lives and culture.

The Royalty Print: Embracing Our Royal Essence

The majestic Royalty print in all its glory created by Aayanfe Creations for Yele

Embodying the concept of inherent nobility, the Royalty print features thrones, crowns, and rods – symbols of authority and esteem. It is a call to recognize and embrace our royal stature in the narrative of history.

Technique Highlight: The Batik Adire Process

Crafted using the traditional Batik Adire technique of the Yoruba people, these prints bridge the gap between ancestral craftsmanship and contemporary fashion. This video of the batik process from HRM, Olori Aderonke Ademiluyi-Ogunwusi, the CEO of Adire Oodua Textile Training Hub, will delve into the creation process.(we do not own rights to video or state affiliation but recommend and highly value the educational contents of the video)

Shop the Collection

As we celebrate Black History Month, we invite you to explore these prints further and integrate them into your wardrobe. Embrace a piece of African heritage and let these stories weave into the fabric of your daily life. Shop our collection today and carry the legacy of unity, beauty, and royalty with you.

We are not only celebrating the artistry behind Yele’s prints but are also serving this as an educational piece, shedding light on the cultural significance of the symbols used. This is a tribute to African heritage, an invitation to explore deeper connections with our roots through fashion. Happy Black History Month, which is every month at Yele!