In southwestern Nigeria, and among the Nigerian diaspora abroad, Yorùbá people have created a thriving culture of dress and textile production that includes intricate hand weavings, resist-dyed textiles, and, most recently, vibrant laces (also known as chemical laces). Our principles of dress are immortalized in proverbs spoken from one generation to the next. When I think of the Yorùbá celebrations that I grew up with, I picture an auntie dressed in full regalia at a reception, the wide sleeves of her bùbá expanding majestically as she komọ́lẹ̀s to the ground. The holes in her lace reveal small slivers of skin, like the openwork on her highly prized aṣọ òkè. Lace trade and use rose in Nigeria in the mid-twentieth century. After the devastation of two world wars and changes in European fashion, the established Austrian lace industry was in crisis. It needed a new market, and Nigerians—already fluent in openwork fabrics, rich dress practices, and the global textile trade—saw an opportunity. Nigerians took lace and remade it in their own image, weaving these two nations together in a web of fashion, skill, and trade.