Nigeria is a huge country with a lot of people with similar and diverse culture. Today TINA Magazine will be showing and talking about some Nigerian tribes and their wedding attires.
We’ve decided to show our audience today about the Nigerian Traditional wedding dresses, outfits, attires, whatever you call them in pictures.
From top tribes featuring Igbo traditional wedding dresses, Yoruba traditional wedding dresses, Hausa traditional wedding dresses and more.
Wedding dresses are what most Nigerian ladies look out for in any wedding. Well, like earlier said, Nigerian weddings come in two major ways – the traditional wedding and the white wedding and for each, different wedding dresses are worn.
Which tribes do you think are the best when it comes to wedding fashion?
Well, observe for yourself below.
Table Of Contents
- Hausa Wedding Attire And Bridal Looks
- Yoruba Wedding Dresses: Bridal looks, modern and old
- The Igbo Wedding Dresses
- Edo Traditional Wedding Dresses
- Efik Traditional Wedding Dresses
Hausa Wedding Attire And Bridal Looks
There are a lot of wonderful aspects of Hausa traditional wedding attire that no wonder everyone loves it. Today we will focus on the brides and their beautiful Hausa traditional wedding dresses. The Hausas are always recognized as a widespread tribe with a lot of traditions and very rich cultures. Their way to conduct the weddings and Hausa wedding dresses are truly inspiring.
Hausa Traditional Wedding Dresses Pictures
Yoruba Wedding Dresses: Bridal looks, modern and old
It’s not a secret that Yoruba people like having festivities. So, a wedding day for them is another chance to have a great party. For this occasion, women dress up beautifully, men put on their bets clothes and get ready to party.
The Yoruba traditional marriage ceremony is a serious affair which is full of playfulness, rich contemporary Nigerian music, graceful colors, and sumptuous meals. They are occasions to show best outfits, handbags, jewelry, and even dancing styles. It is also seen as an occasion for family members to reunite and catch-up on current happenings. They also find old friends and acquaintances. It is a fun filled and meticulously planned period that announces to the world the union of their loved ones.
Aso oke is one of the major attire for Yoruba traditional wedding as the bride is usually styled in Iro and Buba while the groom in Dansiki or Agbada. You would agree with me that Yoruba weddings are usually colourful as Yoruba’s are lovers of colours. In honor of the colourful Yoruba traditional weddings.
Yoruba traditional wedding outfit pictures
The Igbo Wedding Dresses
The Igbo traditional wedding ceremony is usually placed higher than any contemporary weddings like church or registry weddings. In fact, it is the most important marriage rites any Igbo couple should perform. Usually, the bride and groom choose to wear the same fabric (though this is not compulsory) which is usually combined with heavy embroidery, beads and bangles.
For the bride’s first outing where she greets her in-laws and welcomes them with a dance, she is required to do the Ada Igbo dressing which signifies that she is yet to be married. She can choose to wear either a Nigerian wax fabric tank top, matching skirt, bold wrist bangle, large necklaces, waist beads (jigida), leg beads and an elegant bead crown on her hair. Alternatively, she can wear a blouse and wrappers accompanied with similar adornments around the neck, waist, ankles and wrists.
The body is adorned with white clay, waist beads (jigida), bangles, feet and wrist chains, gold, coral beads, earrings, necklace, wristlets. She can also wear brass leg rings with the toes painted in traditional hues depending on the colour scheme, and her hair braided or woven with a beaded crown beautifying the head. The groom’s outfit can be made from brocade material, top quality lace or a fabric called jacquard or silk, it should complement the fabric chosen by his bride, and the groom usually puts on a large shirt which could be sown having elaborate embroidery and animal symbolism. Some brides do the wine giving in a separate attire before changing into the colour the groom is wearing.
Igbo Traditional Wedding Outfits Pictures
Edo Traditional Wedding Dresses
Edo State of South South Nigeria has from time immemorial been a home to many ethnic groups, including Bini, Akoko-Edo and Esan. The Edo wedding attire is largely known to be one decorated with lots of beads. The Edo wedding attire worn by brides during their traditional wedding ceremony is so rich and regal. They look like true African queens in their beaded coral attires. The brides have their hair made into a unique hairstyle known as Eto-Okuku. Coral beads are then sewn into the hair or extensions in the form of a crown, called Okuku. Many brides buy wigs ready-made with the hair and crown.
They also tie beautiful wrappers made from a variety of fabrics including velvet, lace and George. Over the wrapper tied at their waist, some Edo brides wear the Ewu-ivie, a beaded cape or blouse. They also put on their necks with coral beads known as Ivie-uru and wear the Ivie-obo on their hands. To complete the regal traditional Edo wedding look, brides wear beaded earring. The man had a loin cloth for ordinary wear and three pieces sewn together known as igbu or male coverlet. This would give a total of four pieces on the minimum of loin cloth needed by every male.
Edo Traditional wedding dresses pictures
Efik Traditional Wedding Dresses
One thing you will love to know about the Efik traditional attire is its distinct cultural mix. It’s quite easy to mistake an Igbo bride for an Edo bride, but when you see an Efik bride and groom, you know without a doubt. The bride wears a fancy attire known as Ofong Ukod Anwang which includes a blouse (covering only the bust) a knee-length skirt, and fancy beaded body adornment or a long flowing gown called the Onyonyo. There is also the hair pins and a decorated staff which is carried by the bride. She also wears her hand and leg gears know as Ekpa ku kwa, with her neck adorned with coral beads. The groom wears white or sometimes gold color shirts with colorful wrappers known as the Usobo. Added to this is a beaded jacket, beaded shoes and a top hat with a long piece of cloth (Okpomkpomon) which they hang around their necks.
Efik Traditional wedding dresses pictures
Ijaw, Rivers, Kalabari Wedding Wedding Dresses
The Ijaw, Kalabari bridal attire is simply breathtaking! They love to wear coral accessories, the crown and chunky coral beads. The dressing of an Ijaw man will not be complete without the bowler now better known as ‘resource control’ a hat and a walking stick. Both men and women like to complement their very rich tunics and expressive feather hats with expensive coral beads and gold.
Ijaw, Rivers, Kalabari Wedding dresses pictures
Nigerian Traditional Wedding Colours Pictures
There are several colors used in today’s wedding and since we only have two main seasons, we are not limited to using our primary colors too. But lately, there’s being a massive curve towards certain wedding colors and we have been able to put the top Five Nigerian wedding colors that are trending in most weddings today. What colors have you noticed too?