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Yoruba Dressing and Clothing
« on: October 03, 2016, 05:53:01 AM »
Yoruba Dressing and Clothing



The Yoruba have legendary types of clothes that make them distinct from other cultures around them. They take immense pride in their attire, for which they are well known.

Clothing materials traditionally come from processed cotton by traditional weavers. They believe that the type of clothes worn by a man depicts his personality and social status, and that different occasions require different clothing outfits.

Typically, The Yoruba have a very wide range of materials used to make clothing, the most basic being the Aṣo-Oke, which is a hand loomed cloth of different patterns and colors sewn into various styles. And which comes in very many different colors and patterns. Aso Oke comes in three major styles based on pattern and coloration;

    Alaari a rich red Aṣọ-Oke,
    Sanyan- a brown and usual light brown Aṣọ-Oke, and
    Ẹtu- a dark blue Aṣọ-Oke.

Other clothing materials include but are not limited to:

    Ofi- pure white yarned cloths, used as cover cloth, it can be sewn and worn.
    Aran- a velvet clothing material of silky texture sewn into Danṣiki and Kẹmbẹ, worn by the rich.
    Adirẹ- cloth with various patterns and designs, dye in indigo ink (Ẹlu or Aro).

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Re: Yoruba Dressing and Clothing
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 05:57:13 AM »
Clothing in Yoruba culture is gender sensitive. For men's' wear, they have Bb, Esiki and Sapara, which are regarded as w wtl or under wear, while they also have Dandogo, Agbd, Gbariye, Sulia and Oyala, which are also known as w wlk / wsk or over wears. Some fashionable men may add an accessory to the Agbd outfit in the form of a wraparound (bora).

 They also have various types of Skt or native trousers that are sown alongside the above-mentioned dresses. Some of these are Kmb (Three-Quarter baggy pants), Gbanu, Sr (Long slim / streamlined pants), Kamu & Skt Elemu.

A man's dressing is considered incomplete without a cap (Fl). Some of these caps include, but are not limited to; Gobi (Cylindrical, which when worn may be compressed and shaped forward, sideways, or backward), Tinko, Abet-aj (Crest-like shape which derives its name from its hanging flaps that resembles a dog's hanging ears.

The flaps can be lowered to cover the ears in cold weather, otherwise, they are upwardly turned in normal weather), Alagbaa, Oribi, Bentigoo, Onide, and Labankada (A bigger version of the Abet-aj, and is worn in such a way as to reveal the contrasting color of the cloth used as underlay for the flaps).

Women also have different types of dresses. The most commonly worn are r (wrapper) and Bb (blouselike loose top). Women also have matching Gl (head gear) that must be put on whenever the r and Bb is on.

Just as the cap (Fl) is important to men, women's dressing is considered incomplete without Gl. It may be of plain cloth or costly as the women can afford. Apart from this, they also have born (Shawl) and pl (which are long pieces of fabric that usually hang on the left shoulder and stretch from the hind of the body to the fore). At times, it is tied round their waists over the original one piece wrapper.

 Unlike men, women have two types of under wears (w wtl), called; Tbi and Sinm. Tbi is like the modern day apron with strings and spaces in which women can keep their valuables. They tie the tbi around the waists before putting on the r (wrapper). Sinm is like a sleeveless T-shirt that is worn under before wearing any other dress on the upper body.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 05:58:55 AM »
There are many types of beads (lk), hand laces, necklaces (Egba orn), anklets (Egba es) and bangles (Egba ow) that are abound in Yoruba land, that both males and females put on for bodily adornment.

Chiefs, Priests, kings or people of royal descent, especially use some of these beads, often. Some of these beads include Iyun, Lagidigba, kn etc. An accessory especially popular among royalty and titled Babalawos / Babalorishas is the rkr, which is an artistically processed animal tail, a type of Fly-whisk. The horsetail whiskers are symbols of authority and stateliness.

It can be used in a shrine for decoration but most often is used by chief priests and priestess as a symbol of their authority or Ashe. As most men go about with their hair lowly cut or neatly shaven every time, the reverse is the case with women. Hair is considered the ' Glory of the woman '.

They usually take care of their hair in two major ways; They plait and they weave. There are many types of plaiting styles, and women readily pick any type they want. Some of these include kls, pk-eld, Sk, Kojsko, Algogo, Konkoso, Etc.

Traditionally, The Yoruba consider tribal marks ways of adding beauty to the face of individuals. This is apart from the fact that they show clearly from which part of Yorubaland an individual comes from, since different areas are associated with different marks.

Different types of tribal marks are made with local blades or knives on the cheeks. These are usually done at infancy, when children are not pain conscious. Some of these tribal marks include Pl, Abj-gb, Abj-wu, Abj-mrin, Kk, Gmb, Ture, Pl If, Kk wu, Pl jb etc. This practice has almost faded into oblivion.

The Yoruba believe that development of a nation is akin to the development of a man or woman. Therefore, the personality of an individual has to be developed in order to fulfill his or her responsibilities.

 Clothing among the Yoruba people is a crucial factor upon which the personality of an individual is anchored. This belief is anchored in Yoruba proverbs. Different occasions also require different outfits among the Yoruba.

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