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Nigerian Traditional Attires Worn by Different Ethnic Group

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Nigerian Traditional Attires Worn by Different Ethnic Group

Nigeria, is the most populous country in Africa, with different ethnic groups, that finds pride in exhibiting their cultural practice. One major way to exhibit their cultural practice is the wearing of their cultural attire which distinguish them from other ethnic group.

Although westernization has come to stay, yet it did not hinder ethnic groups in Nigeria to go about wearing their cultural attire, as this attire brings about cultural prestige.

In most areas in Nigeria, traditional attires are been worn for special occasion like wedding, coronation, and many other festivals. Nigeria, has three major ethnic groups which are Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa, these three ethnic group are the dominating ethnic groups in Nigeria, and their attires, constitutes major part of Nigerian clothing’s.

Below are the list of clothing’s available in Nigeria:

IRO:

Iros, are normally worn by Yoruba’s, it is a long wrap-around skirts. The rectangular skirt is worn by wrapping it around the waste and tucking it in at the end.
BUBA:

A Buba is a loose fitting blouse with long sleeves and a neckline that is either V-shaped or round. It falls a little below a women’s waist. It can also be worn by men. It goes well with Iro.

ABAYA:

It is a beautiful attire, which is popularly worn by Hausa women, it is a wrapper that has varieties of colors, with a blouse to match it.

SOKOTO:

Sokotos are generally owned by Yoruba’s but worn by all, it is a loose fitting trouser, that have a draw string to tighten it and make it firm to the waist.

ISI AGU:

This outfit represents chieftaincy in Igbo land, it stands for royalty, it is an attire which is mostly worn by Igbo men.

BABBAN RIGA:

This is a wide sleeved robe, normally worn by Hausa Fulani men, representing their culture, the robe has a long sleeve, which has to be folded up at intervals

AGBADA:

Agbada is normally worn by Yoruba’s, it has the same look with Babban Riga, it is normally worn on special occasions.

GELE:

This is a traditional Nigerian cloth, which women wrap around their head.

GEORGE:

This is mostly worn by people in the south south, as part of their traditional attire, and it is worn on special occasion.

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