Regardless of the level of civilization that conquers the world, we are always attached to our roots.The Swazi people of South Africa are no exception. Whether it’s a traditional wedding or a festival, they never forget their traditional Swazi attire.
And like all cultural items, these outfits have become a major part of their identity.
So what better way to earn the admiration of a tribe than to wear their traditional clothing as if it were your own?
That’s why we created this piece for you. If you are from Eswatini (Swaziland), a new immigrant, or a tourist, you can learn more about Swazi traditional dress in this article. Let’s take a quick look.
Who owns Swazi traditional clothing?
The Swazi or Swati tribe owns this cultural attire. Named after a prominent person Mswati IIthe Swatis, who reigned in 1839, are a South African Bantu ethnic group living in Eswatini, the sovereign kingdom of South Africa. Swaziland.
Their cultural clothing features colorful fabrics with different patterns. Fashion accessories such as beads and cowries are also added to spice things up.
In the olden days, what the indigenous people of Swati wore depended on their age and gender. Boys up to a year old wore small loose skins. On the other hand, the female counterpart wore no cloth or colorful beads.
Similarly, males aged 3 to 8 wore waistcoats, while their female counterparts wore beaded strings and skirts made of grass or cloth.
In addition, male children aged 8 to 17 wore loose clothing and penile caps. On the other hand, from the age of eight she fifteen-year-old girls wore grass skirts or skirts made of short toga fabric and wore beaded necklaces.
On the other hand, Swazi bachelors wore loin clothes with beads, while women wore dresses and had their hair up in small buns. However, newlywed women wear animal skin skirts and aprons under their armpits.
How to wear traditional Swazi clothing
Swazi men’s traditional clothing is characterized by a leather apron covering a colorful cloth ‘skirt’. EmaboFor ceremonial occasions, Rigsevesha (collar), Ungako (tie), Sagibo (cane).royalty wear ligwalaguwala (red feather).
On the other hand, the traditional clothing of Swati women includes: IlihyaRegardless of their marital status, they wear or tie brown bottoms. Sid Eagle.
However, married people cover their upper torso and lock the traditional “honeycomb” hairstyle, while single people only wear beads on their upper torso, especially during ceremonies.
Also, to distinguish marital status, unmarried Swazi women tie the Ilihya knot on their right shoulder.
modern swazi traditional clothing
Traditional Swazi clothing has evolved to include contemporary African-centric pieces. Just as fashion designers have made tweaks to Nigerian Asooke, Isiag and Agbada clothing, the Eswatini people also made a fix.
Today, you can see mermaid dresses made from indigenous swatch fabric. what about the style? You can create virtually any style with fabrics and rock them with any hairstyle you like.From dresses to suits to wrappers and whatever you have, your options are truly endless.
Feast your eyes on some of them.
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