Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola has described the launching of Ijinle project as the fruition of the inspiration and efforts of many individuals working to improve the State of Osun economy and the country through creativity and entrepreneurship.
Aregbesola, who stated this at the first stream of trainees to power a new fashion social enterprise focused on preserving vintage Yoruba tailoring tagged the Ijinle Project yesterday in Lagos, also commended the trainees.
Ijinle is a focused on Entrepreneurship development and Heritage preservation. The project was built around the veteran, Mr Kabiru Durojaiye, a custodian of the age-old and fast-dying Mastercraftsmanship in Vintage Yoruba Tailoring – the traditional way of making Yoruba wears. To preserve Mr Kabiru’s skills, the state organised an entrepreneurship project, competitively selecting 15 promising young tailors to intern with Mr Kabiru over 18 weeks, learning intricate details of producing vintage traditional pieces and new products.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the trainees were placed under an 18-week internship program with prolific vintage master-craftsman, Durojaye, based in Mushin, where they honed their skills in producing vintage pieces like the Traditional Agbada, Dasiki, Buba, Kembe, Agadasi, To’Bo and Kamu.
The event was hosted by musician, Sound Sultan and Segun ‘Laff Up’ Ogundipe, as the initiative also launched its product line: Ijinle Vintage, Ijinle Millenial and Ijinle Smart, with Big Brother Nigeria 2018 contestant, Tobi Bakre joining the runway models to showcase the innovative Ijinle vintage and smart pieces.
In keeping with the project’s goal of advocating for further adoption of indigenous fashion in public and private sector, director of Arts West Africa, British Council Ojoma Ochai, stressed the need for the government to evolve practical policies to expand the demand side in boosting the Nigerian garment value chain given that Nigeria currently spends $4 billion yearly on imported clothes.
Upon graduation, the project and its participants will transition into a vintage garment production company based out of Osun with a business development center in Lagos. IJINLE will be producing premium Vintage and Smart Traditionals for corporate and public sector, said the project coordinator, Muinat Attunise.