Want to know how to get the best traditional African clothing for your wedding? African ethnic clothing is surprisingly easy to acquire, especially for weddings, all you need are your measurements! That’s because when it comes to African clothing, just about everything is custom made.
One good way to incorporate your African heritage into your wedding is to wear Afrocentric clothing on your wedding. As with just about any other fashion, African fashions also go through their changes so you’ll want to make sure that the outfits you sew are up-to-date. Nowadays, the trend in Africa (at least in Nigerian clothing) is to use traditional African fabrics to sew formal outfits that have more of a westernized style. To get the juices flowing and inspire you with some ideas, check out some offerings from some talented African fashion designers.
Traditional African Clothing & African Ethnic Clothing For Weddings
When it comes time to change from your traditional wedding gown and tuxedo,, you’ll want to have the bride and groom’s wedding ensemble. This is typically a matching outfit for the couple made from the same patterned fabric for both. You may choose to use a fabric such as voile lace which is very formal and elegant and will most likely cost a fair amount more than an outfit made from Ankara. Ankara used to be used for less formal outfits but now with the breadth of new styles that can be sewn with Ankara you are sure to get something just as nice.
Traditional African clothing for women, in the past typically consisted of a wrap-around “skirt” known as a wrapper and a matching blouse and head wrap. These are still worn today but as mentioned before, African ethnic clothing is evolving. To maintain the cultural aspects, Afrocentric clothing now integrates the use traditional fabrics such as Vlisco, Ankara, voile lace, etc into designs that reflect a fusion of African creativity and western influences.
Yes… before the ’60s hit and dashiki’s became a symbol of black power, they were simply tops men wore that originated in Africa. For a wedding you’ll want to make sure you get a more flamboyant dashiki as these for the most part do tend to be rather casual. With the right embroidering, the right fabric, and just the right cut, you could have a top-notch wedding outfit for your big day.
This is an even more formal piece of men’s clothing. It’s longer than a dashiki and much more elaborate and these are more easily tailored to match the bride’s outfit especially if she chooses to use voile lace since using lace to craft an agbada just makes for a much more prestigious outfit, worthy of an event such as a wedding.
Men too also have their own head gear. A variety of different African hats and caps are fashioned to be worn with their own outfits as well. Kufi hats are just one of such pieces of head wear.
African Kente Cloth
Most people are very familiar with this popular clothing pattern that originated from Ghana. One of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways of incorporating something African into your wedding is to wear a piece of African Kente cloth draped over your shoulder (both men and women), or wrapped around your waist… (women only).
Wedding Apparel Accessories
Don’t forget all the accessories that you’ll need to have to go with your wedding regalia. You’ll need matching shoes and purse, possibly a hand-fan if you’re going to be getting married in the summer months or in a tropical area… African wedding beads, African bead necklace and other jewelry.
Buying African Clothes
If you’re interested in getting some traditional African clothes for yourself but don’t know an African seamstress or African clothing store, there’s always eBay. A lot of people who sew these clothes sell them directly on eBay and with all the checks and balances they have put in place in their marketplace, it is a pretty safe and reliable place to buy from.
Below are some samples of what’s selling on eBay right now in the way of African clothes.
|Traditional African Clothing|