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2016 EDITION vol.4 issue 15 DIGITAL

Fashion African By

Fashion African By Okocha Obianuju Ifeoma They are distinctive, with rich amazing colors; and contains every traditional African element that makes them vibrant and elegant. The marriage between a man and a woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa. African weddings are unique and joyful; a huge family affair, and an undertaking everyone participates in. It also brings families together as well as enables people to reconnect with friends. Having said that, African wedding attires are magnificent outfits that make a wedding ceremony standout. The outfits are made of fabrics that are usually unique to a society or group, and have some traditional meanings attached to them. They are distinctive, with rich amazing colours; and contain every traditional African element that makes them vibrant and elegant. IGBO South – eastern Nigeria Nigeria The Igbo tribe is located in South – eastern Nigeria. The bride wears a wrapper as a dress, with coral beads, ankle bracelets, waist beads and a beaded crown to cover her hair; for her first outing (to greet and welcome her in-laws). Then for her second outing, she wears a blouse and a skirt or George wrappers; a head gear, this can be head tie which matches the colour of her blouse or the wrapper. Or a beaded cap, which is always in a coral colour and as well as accessories such as coral beads, silver, gold, or ivory bracelets and of course, a stylish brooch. While the groom wears a traditional Ibo kaftan. In Africa, some ethnic groups / tribe have similar attires, and they often feature matching headpieces. Let’s see these few tribes of Africa and their traditional wedding attires: 20 Kata kata cartoon magazine

ZULU KwaZulu Natal province South Africa The Zulu people are majorly based in the KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa. Their traditional wedding attire is called Umabo. The bride wears a veil which is made of beads to cover her head (isicholo). Her knees and elbow are tied with fringes of ox tail, and more also, she wears a goat – haired necklace and isidwaba, which is a leather skirt, isicwaya, which covers her breasts. All through the ceremony, the bride will have a small knife with her, which symbolises that she is a virgin. The groom wears material that covers his hair, shoulders, buttocks, ankles, chest, & wrists. Ashanti Central Ghana Ghana 21 Interestingly, the traditional wedding attire for the Ashanti Ghanaian bride and groom is kente cloth. It is made of a hand woven fabric with geometric patterns and bright vibrant colours. Ashanti tribe is located in central Ghana. Kata kata cartoon magazine

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