Red Coral Beads adorned by the Igbos
Nigerians are known to hold on to culture in an admirable way when it comes to African fashion.
I learnt that Nigerians use materials such as the Adire which is made by the Yoruba ethnic group using hand knotted cloths that have been dyed in indigo. Lace used to make both attires and home décor. Other types of laces like Dry Lace which includes Ankara, wax prints and head ties, Chantilly lace, Robbin lace, Needle lace Brussels, Cut-work or White-work lace, Tape lace, knotted lace, crocheted lace, knitted lace, Machine made lace, Chemical lace and others.
Other popular materials also include the Jacquard a fabric that has been made by shiny threads and non-shiny threads using Jacquard’s loom, Ankara and the Kente.
Popular among the Igbo particularly is the red corals which are mostly adorned by brides in their traditional wedding ceremonies. Today the coral beads have become a great inspiration that they are now being worn for other occasions.
The beauty itself is so unique, stylish, glamorous and a symbol of beauty and power. I also learn that the size, shape, arrangement and color of the beads indicate social status and personal wealth.
The hair is first made into a high bun hairstyle known as Eto-Okuku however this has evolved as many have found their own way around it without necessarily tying up the hair. Coral beads are then sewn into the hair or extensions in to the form of a crown, called Okuku.
Then move to the Beaded necklaces which are called ivie-uru, hand beads goes by ivie-ebo, the earrings, emi-ehorivie, and beaded clutch ekpa-ivie. more have come up worn in different places such as the shoulders, waist, etc.
Take a look at this breath taking photos
Photo sources: several sites main, Bellanaija, weddingfeferity, amillionstyles, isiomystyles, bespokiet among others you can check the photos for the other sources. Deep research I tell you!