Sharing a piece of Ugandan clothing with you

Sharing a piece of Ugandan clothing with you

Uganda is enriched with people of  52 tribes and different African languages; English and Swahili are the country’s official languages. This diversity gives no specific traditional dress. Every tribe dresses in a distinguished and unique way that identifies them. The traditional wears are worn during special occasions such as weddings, baby naming, coronations, etc.

The masculine traditional dress is the Kanzu. This attire is similar to a tunic mostly in white or cream color with a variety of fabric masking it from cashmere, linen, poplin, cotton, and silk. Beneath the Kanzu the person wears trousers and a coat over the shoulders to match the Kanzu. Almost all Ugandan men wear them during cultural functions. Kikoi is a common piece of clothing among Ugandan women. It is used to act as the skirt for the suuti, providing the shape of the Gomesi or the Busuuti. Individually it can be worn to suit one’s style.

Buganda and the Busoga tribe make up the majority of the Uganda tribe making Gomesi or the Busuuti women wear their traditional attire popular among the Ugandan people. Gomesi a long dress that sweeps to the ground with pointed outstanding, triangular-shoulder pads and a square neck. A large mass of cloth falls on one side around the hip area, this attire is not an item of single clothing but rather accompanied with several garments to make it whole like the Kikoi which is an undergarment that is worn to add weight and give shape to the person wearing it.

Suuti traditional attire is worn by women from the western part of the country which is a three-layer garment with a mini top and a vest won over a wrapper skirt and shawl thrown around the shoulders. This attire is worn differently as it is shared by several tribes, some will wear it across one shoulder draping while others will fix into the armpits one end and the other left draping. The Omushunana is another female wear that has its roots in Rwanda, commonly worn also in the western part of Uganda. Omushunana is very similar to suuti but has far softer material than the suuti.

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