The Boubou Dress
Now I know some of you may not have heard of the word Boubou so I’ll give you a little run down.
A Boubou is a traditional African attire that’s worn by both men and women in parts of West Africa and Central Africa. For men, the Boubou is normally a three piece garment consisting of a long sleeve shirt, a pair of trousers and a long overflowing sleeveless gown, which is worn over both the shirt and trousers. A hat is also worn to complete the look and all three pieces are normally the same colour, as seen in the photo.
On the other hand, it is worn differently by women. The women’s Boubou is made up of two pieces; A long wrapper or skirt and a big overflowing gown, which again, is worn over the wrapper or skirt. A head scarf can be worn to complete this look. All pieces are made in the same colour.
As we know, fashion is constantly evolving and although Agbada is mostly worn by muslims, it is has gained popularity as a fashionable style among Christians in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Male Agbada styles have now become unisex, as we now have women wearing these styles, which I think is really cool.
Boubou’s are normally made out of silk or silk-like fabric and sometimes cotton depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. To the best of my knowledge, two main tribes that I notice wearing this in Nigeria are the Yoruba and Hausa tribe. The Yoruba’s refer to it as Agbada and the Hausa’s refer to it as Babban Riga. It’s normally worn at special occasions and events like weddings.