Igbo Traditional Attires of the Past

Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah November 19, 2014 17:20

Igbo Traditional Attires

The Igbo traditional attire of the past generally consisted of little clothing, as the purpose of clothing originally was simply to conceal private parts, although elders were fully clothed.

 Children were usually nude from birth until they reach puberty status (the time when they were considered to have something to hide), but sometimes ornaments such as beads were worn around the waist for spiritual reasons.Uli body art was used to decorate both men and women in the form of lines forming patterns and shapes on the body.

Women traditionally carry their babies on their backs with a strip of clothing binding the two with a knot at her chest. This method has been modernized in the form of the child carrier. However, Igbo women did not cover their breast areas. Maidens usually wore a short wrapper with beads around their waist and other ornaments such as necklaces and beads.
Both men and women wore wrappers. Men would wear loin cloths that wrapped round their waist and between their legs to be fastened at their back, the type of clothing appropriate for the intense heat as well as jobs such as farming.
igbo traditional attire

As colonialism became more influential, the Igbo adapted their dress customs. Clothing worn before colonialism became “traditional” and worn on cultural occasions. Modern Igbo traditional attire, for men, is generally made up of the Isiagu top. Isiagu (or Ishi agu) is usually patterned with lions’ heads embroidered over the clothing and can be a plain color. It is worn with trousers and can be worn with either a ceremonial title holders hat or with the conventional striped men’s hat known as Okpu Agwu. For women, a puffed sleeve blouse along with two wrappers and a head tie are worn



Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah November 19, 2014 17:20