The Intriguing Journey of the Ebira Cloth is a 2-part historical documentary film about the traditional cloth of the Ebira people. Out in 2021, the historical film is set in Okene Kogi State central Nigeria where the cloth was invented some centuries ago, and filmed in different parts of the world where the cloth has found relevance. It embodies archival footage, interviews, music, folklore etc to depict historical events surrounding weaving in Ebiraland to date. Beyond its entertainment value on multiple distribution platforms like film festivals, premieres, and TV/Streaming, the film will also serve as an educational tool distributed to institutions of learning. Itinochi Film is Open For Sponsorship.
To ensure safety across the fashion industry chain, innovators and industrial designers are invited to take a critical look at The Oguntoro (traditional Ebira weaving loom); and come up with a modernised version that will maintain its essential structure, values, aesthetics and means of livelihoods. Centuries-long traditions are now met with lack of interest due to its tedious nature and the physical toll it takes on the body. Taking up to three days to weave a single piece, the average weaver is found to suffer from back pain, joint aches, arthritis osteoporosis, as she gets older. The Oguntoro Design Challenge will be launched in 2021.
Fully endorsed by the Ebira people, Ita'i plans to build a new Weaving Training & Knowledge Center in Okene in 2022. The proposed site is a donated piece of land strategically located in Osara, along the major highway. Fund-raising for this project is currently ONGOING and Ita'i is open for partnerships.