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Fabulous Traditional Wedding Attires

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BY YAZA Nigeria Team

Feb 13, 2023, 04:06 PM

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Africa is the second-largest and second-most-populous continent in the world. With 54 countries and more than 3,000 different ethnic groups, it is a mishmash of art and culture.

You can bet that this affects their marriage traditions as well. Traditional weddings are those that are frequently held in accordance with a particular tribe's customs and traditions.
A traditional wedding is gorgeous for many reasons, but the bride's attire is typically the standout. The greatest attraction at the ritual, regardless of the nation or tribe, remains to be the attire.  

As diverse people dress in traditional costumes from countries they don't belong to, the worldwide infusion of cultures and interracial marriages have occasionally rendered the origin of the attires obscure. We're going to take you back to the beginnings of some of the most intriguing traditional wedding attires in Africa today.


Abenezer Shewaga
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia has a rich history that goes back in time. The traditional wedding garb is modelled after the clothing used by Ethiopia's early kings (and priests).

The Ethiopian Kaba, a full wedding outfit, includes an embroidered cloak for the bride and groom as well as the bride's dress known as the Habesha Kemis and the groom's Habesha Libs

The hem of the dress, sleeves and collar are typically hand embroidered with elaborate floral and medieval symbols and motifs. A bridal henna tattoo, as well as gold accessories, enhances the bridal look.


Seth Ebenezer Tetteh

The vibrantly coloured and patterned Kente fabric, a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips, which is used to make Asante and North Ghanaian bridal apparel, is part of the rich cultural history of this ancient country. The colour scheme chosen for the clothing typically represents a particular religious belief or ritual.


Dennis Irorere
One of the largest tribes in Nigeria is the Yoruba, who live in the west. The bride wears distinctive clothing from head to toe, typically consisting of a combination of wrappers, a shoulder scarf, and a headpiece (Gele), reflecting the region's rich cultural heritage.

The clothing is made of Aso oke, a type of traditional hand-woven wool. Due to the fact that people identify so strongly with monarchy, they have one of the most elegant wedding attires. Moreover, they have a hand fan. The groom dons an Agbada, also known as a hat or fila.

South Africa 

Steward Masweneng
The Zulu people are most well-known for their bravest ruler, Shaka Zulu, who founded the historic Zulu Empire before being murdered by his brothers. Most of Zulu Empire's remnants are now located in South Africa.

The typical attire of a Zulu bride includes a skirt (isidwaba), an iconic round headdress (isicholo/inkehli), and jewelry that is heavily beaded in vibrant colors. The hats are calibrated to fit the women and are made to shield them from the sun.


Muhmed Alaa El-Bank

The customary engagement ritual, known as "Je Peniot," involves the exchange of dowry (Mahr) and jewellery (Shabka) made of gold and other precious stones. A combination of gold and other precious stones is used in traditional Egyptian bridal clothing. 

The clothing is made of a gold-coloured fabric, and the outfit is finished with gold jewellery. The bride typically dons a long gown with a trail made of linen, a net over her hair, and bright jewels to catch her groom's eye. The customary Egyptian wardrobe might take many different forms, but it almost always includes gleaming stones.


Jan Canty

Maasai people from Tanzania and Kenya are renowned for their "eccentric" way of life. The Maasai traditionally wear a red "Shuka cloth", which is a brightly coloured traditional robe, as well as a necklace and other beaded jewellery, during weddings. 

In addition, Maasai men will wear ankle bracelets, while Maasai women will be decked out in a rainbow of jewellery and bright clothing. Additionally, they will wear a large flat beaded necklace and numerous bracelets in a variety of patterns and colours that indicate both their social standing and the clan to which they belong.

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