I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again today… I adore my West African heritage, especially when it comes to weddings. African weddings are grand, colourful, and full of culture. Today, I introduce you to the special pieces of clothing a Nigerian bride and groom wear for their traditional wedding (also known as the traditional engagement).
The Yoruba bride wears a headpiece called a Gele – check out my previous post giving you the low down on this beautiful piece of African headwear, an Iro which is a loose fitting skirt wrapped around the waist, an Iborun worn over the shoulder like a scarf, and a loose fitting blouse called a Buba. All pieces are beautifully tailored to the bride’s own unique style
Over to the groom…
He also wears a Bubba, however, his is worn with another shirt-type piece of clothing which is long and sleeveless, this is called an Agbada. His loose fitting trousers are called Sokoto, and a semi-fitted hat called a Fila.