The deeply rooted African culture has been respected in terms of martial ceremonies with diverse ethnic groups or tribes residing in the African continent. Recognizing a ceremony that will bring family, friends and loved ones together to show love and appreciation to one another is worth cerebrating. A wedding is a special event in every one’s life. Today every bride or groom want to look the best on this day. Therefore selecting the best to your choices will not be easy. Today we look at the best African traditional wedding outfits or dress that are rocking the African continent in style.
ZULU TRADITIONAL WEDDING
A Zulu wedding start with negotiations of the two families that is when the two would be couples has fall in love for each other. This start with the dowry price which is known as ‘lobola” in Zulu. Then a day is set after agreements are made for the official white wedding ceremony will take place which is called “umabo”. This is the finished the marriage rituals that are practice in each Zulu traditional marriage ceremony, this couple will officially become as man and wife. During the “umabo” the bride wears an “isidwaba” which is a skirt made from leather and also an “isicwaya” which is a kind of skin just to cover her breasts, this is also accompanied by an “inkehli” a hat to cover the bride’s head. The bride also wears beautiful and colorful beads likewise her bridesmaids.
The groom also wears “ibheshu” this cover is made from the skin of a calf which replaces his pants, he is also given the choice to wear pants if he likes but he wears what is called “umbhulaselo” that are brightly decorated breads which is accompanied by a traditional headband to give the wedding the a memorable and historic moment and day to remember.
YORUBA TRADITIONAL WEDDING
The Yoruba wedding attire is called an “alaga ijoko” the official wedding ceremony takes place after both families have agreed to meet and discuss on the day as slated to take place. The bride put on a “gele” which is accompanied with a “buba” which is in a form of a blouse and also an “iro” which is tied around the bride’s waist which in most cases is at ankle length.
The bride’s family choose a colour theme as it shows complements to the groom’s outfit. She also wears gold necklace, beads, gold earrings, and bangles in terms of accessories for the wedding day. The groom wears an “Agbada” its colour also complements the bride’s outfit while showing the colour theme chosen by his family as we have seen with the bride.
OMORO TRADITIONAL WEDDING
The Omoro traditional wedding start when families negotiate and initiate the marriage of both the bride and bridegroom to be which is known as “kadhaa” this is because families need to know each other very well to make sure that there is no relationship between them. The bride and bridegroom wear a traditional hand woven of pure cotton decorated with traditional Omoro prints. Among the most popular weddings dress for the bride is the “habesha” with the jewelry set. The bridegroom wears the popular wedding attire named “buffalaa uffannaa ga Ella” to mark the beginning of a new page in their relationship.
ASHANTI TRADITIONAL WEDDING
The Ashanti is Ghanaian traditional wedding ceremony, the “Ashanti” originated from the “Akan” this why they have the custom of the “Akan” tribe. The before the ceremony the grooms family goes to the bride’s family to seek for their son’s hand in marriage in a ritual form which is known as “kookoo ko” which is accompanied by gifts to the would-be bride’s family. The marriage ceremony will only take place if the rituals are accepted and finished. During ceremony the bride and bridegroom will wear a beautiful attire made from the “kente” which is a popular cloth in Ghana. The bride will also wears multi-colored beads as well as a bead on the head well decorated to suit the wedding.
MAASAI TRADITIONAL WEDDING
The Maasai traditional wedding is practice by the Maasai ethnic group found in Kenya and Tanzania. The ceremony takes place when the bridegroom’s family ask for their sons hand in marriage to the bride’s family. On the wedding day the bride wear an attire ankle’s length cloth called “shuka” which is wrapped around the bride’s body with a red and white strip or sometimes it has a decorative border at the bottom.
During the wedding ceremony much cloths with similar or more patterns can be worn as much priority is placed on the accessories worn by the bride. These is because the bride’s mother decorates a very special wedding necklace for her daughter with a leather disc of 12” covered in beautiful colored beads. During the dowry giving there is a beaded strands with cowrie shell that represent peace and tranquility according to the Maasai. The circles within represent the village or community and the beaded strands represent the livestock given to the bride. The bridge groom wears the “shuka” and beaded jewelry to complete the wedding outfit.
EFIK TRADITIONAL WEDDING
The Efik are people from Nigeria. Their wedding is rich in traditional costumes with beautiful colors and designs. The bride is given the choice to choose to from the two traditional wedding outfits which are the “ofong ukod anwang” which consist of a skirt of knee length and a blouse that covers only the bust and a beaded body chain and the “onyonyo” which is a long flowing gown to wear on the wedding day. This “onyonyo” is a beautifully crafted hair combs and coral bead necklaces called “ekpa ku Kwa” which is worn around the bride’s arms and legs. This is accompanied by a well-designed and decorated staff.
The groom wears the white or sometimes gold shirt and accompanied by a “usobo” which is a colorful wrapper. He also wears an embroidered and decorated jacket, shoes and a hat. He also put on the long piece of cloth around his neck called okpomkpomon.
IGBO TRADITIONAL WEDDING
The traditional Igbo is carefully made attires with colors would make this wedding beautiful. During an Igbo wedding the bride is given the right to choose the color and fabric she want. The wedding attire can be a blouse, skirt or sometimes a full dress depending on her choice with the help of a designer. She wears a head tie made from coral beads along with orange coral beads around the neck and wrist combined ivory wristbands and other accessories she may like. The groom will wear the attire that comprises of the shirt that reaches the knees and a loose trouser. He sometimes wear an Agbada with some accessories made from coral beads.
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