Dressing is kind of a big deal, and humans have really gotten creative with it. For the sake of dressing, so many people across the world are in employment or running their own businesses, meeting this basic human need. Before westernization came to ‘modernize’ us in Nigeria, we had a different taste in dressing. Every tribe had what they wore and that entirely made us what we now call our traditional wears.
oday, even though we all not dress corporately every other time of our lives, we still cannot drop the beauty that is our traditional attire. We still remember to put them on for our traditional weddings, rock them on Fridays and Sundays, or just make them look like our everyday corporate wears.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best traditional attires Nigeria brags of.
Yoruba Native Attire: Iro & Buba/ Agbada
These attires are originally from the Yoruba tribe. While these styles already have many variations, the original styles are still wonderful. The ladies rock the Iro and Buba, which is a wrapper and it usually gets paired with the Nigerian traditional headscarf, the Gele. The men also join in on the action by rocking Agbadas and occasionally pairing it with the fila, which serves as the head covering for men. You would usually find Yoruba couples dressed head to toe and slaying in this.
Urhobo Native Attire: George; Two wrappers, and blouse
This tribe has a very interesting twist in dressing. This is because it has the men tying wrappers (George) like the ladies – with a little difference here and there, of course. The women rock their Gele, native blouses, and two wrappers, tied one on the other. For this tribe, it is the men that steal the spotlight. Aside their native top and the wrapper they tie, they rock big coral beads (bigger than the ladies), have a nice hat, and a walking stick for style.
Igbo Native Attire: Two wrappers, George, and the cap
The traditional attires of the Igbos are closely similar to the Urhobos, but with a few variations. While the women tie two Georgian or Ankara wrappers, rock same headgear, and have slightly similar blouses as the Urhobos, the men also have a different look. They rock a very interesting cap, wear white beads, wear trousers or use a wrapper, and rock a walking stick, just for style as well.
Hausa/Kanuri/Fulani: Kaftan, Jalabiya, and others
These tribes are paired together because they have slightly similar dressings. The women have an array of options. They may choose to wear turbans known as Alasho or Tagelmust; white wrappers called zani and a matching blouse, as well as head ties and shawls. Their dressing is usually conservative. The men also wear large flowing gowns including: Babban Riga, Jalabia, or Juanni. They could also choose whether or not to wear their caps that are known as Fula.
Last but not the least, is the colourful Edo attire. Largely made up of beads, the women rock corals from their head and use them on various parts of their bodies. They however tie wrappers as well; just in a different style from the others. There are a few variations, but they usually meet at the point where lots of beads are used. The men typically wear the same thing the Urhobo’s wear with a few variations as well.