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Transcript of Igbo Clothing
Igbo Clothing Norms
Traditionally, Igbo clothing was just enough to cover private areas while elders were fully clothed. ("Arts & Culture.")
From the womb to the teenage years, an Igbo child was nude, although they sometimes "wore beads around the waist for spiritual reasons." ("Arts & Culture.")
Women, men and children were decorated in body art "forming patterns and shapes." ("Arts & Culture.")
Huge ankle plates were to used to change they way women walked and attracted men ("The Igbo Academy.")
Clothing in the igbo culture wasn't used for style or to display status ("Nigerian Traditional Clothing")
How Igbo Women & Men Dressed
Wraps or head ties are worn by women for all occasions (everyculture)
Women wear puffed sleeved blouses with 2 wrappers and a head tie ("Arts & Culture.")
In the past, women wore igbo ankle plates, a torque, a short wrapper and head scarf as a fhasion trend. ("The Igbo Academy")
Young girls wore short wrapper and beads around their waists ("Arts & Culture.")
a woman's blouse is usually made of lace or embroidered ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
The amount of cloth a woman wears reveals her martial status and how many children she has ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
Comparison of Igbo clothing to America's
Our clothes vary from the daily trends to our very own style.
Women's clothing in ranges from pants to mini skirts, blouses to t-shirts and boots to sandals, in addition to jewelry.
Men's clothing vary from the types of shoes they wear to the shirts they choose to wear.
What we wear depends on the latest trend and the weather forecast.
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The Igbo Academy.
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Umu Igbo Alliance.
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By: Jasmine Mitchell, Rae Angala, Tianna Denney, Thomas Walz, Kariana
“She began to run, holding her breasts with her hands to stop them flapping noisily against her body” (Achebe 103)
woman rarely cover their breasts. ("The Igbo Academy.")
“He then adjusted his cloth, which was passed under his right arm-pit and tied above his shoulder”
“…the men…were all fully dressed… They passed their cloths under the right arm-pit” (Achebe 10 & 58).
Men usually wore a cotton wrap, a long shirt, and sandals. Sometimes a hat for special occasions ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
“Okonkwo’s wives…set about painting themselves with cam wood and drawing beautiful black patterns on their stomachs and their backs. The children were also decorated, especially their hair, which was shaved in beautiful patterns” (Achebe 37).
Children were said to have nothing to hide, so they were usually nude. Women, men and children alike would be decorated in body art, "forming patterns and shapes" ("Arts and Cultures.")
Igbo Clothing in
Things Fall Apart
They also usually wore a cotton wrap, a long shirt, and sandals. ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
The long shirts tended to be decorated with embroidery, or made of isiagu material (pattern with lion heads) ("Arts & Culture.")
This was worn over a dressy wrap, shoes, and a hat for formal occasions ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
The modern Igbo culture choose to limit their clothing options. ("Arts & Cultures.")
Women wear beautiful dresses with different patterns and colors along with sandals. They also wear wraps around their bodies. On special occasions, they wear specials wraps that were imported and a special dress. ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
The men wear colorful shirts with a lion print on it, cargo pants and sandals. ("Arts and Cultures.") ("Countries and Their Cultures.")
Igbo men and women have the same kind of style all year round. ("The Igbo Academy")
Both cultures have clothing for everyday as well as special occasions
Both wear jewelry
Many articles of clothing are similar (shirts, hats, blouses, etc.)