Fashion police is about promoting Africa and African culture, Africa has fascinating wedding cultures. we would be looking into traditional weddings and wedding attire’s for the brides from all over Africa. First off we would start with South Africa weddings by looking into the Zulu tribe. The Zulu tribe are Bantu ethnic group of South Africa, They are the largest ethnic group with diverse cultures.
BRIDE AND GROOM IN TRADITIONAL APPAREL.
In Zulu the step before the traditional wedding is the lobola which is the bride price, after the negotiations the wedding commences. A Zulu traditional wedding is vibrant with colors like many African traditional weddings. The bride is decorated with red and white ocher designs on her legs and arms, while bags of pebbles are tied to her ankle to produce a rhythmic effect while she dances. Then she wears a veil of beads and twisted fig leaves. Oxtail fringes are tied to her elbows and knees and a goat’s hair fringe is worn around her neck. She will carry a small knife; an assagai pointed up to symbolize her virginity which would be pointed down after marriage.
The Zulu’s like many African tribes believe that once a bride is married she disconnects with her ancestral lineage and connects to her husbands. This forms the basis of the entire ceremonial wedding dance competition, this dance is the highlight of every Zulu wedding ceremony. At some point during the wedding the bride would perform her own dance where she raises her legs up to prove to her mother that she’s a virgin.
Beaded jewelry is the language of love in Zulu weddings. Would be brides make two sets of bead necklace in matching colors, one for herself and one for her groom to be this would let everybody know they are an item.
Zulu bridal garb include:
Isidwaba—a leather skirt worn by married women
Isicwaya—leather to cover the breast
Inkehli—a hat with a beaded veil
The whole essence of the Zulu traditional wedding is to bring two families together.
Lately brides have upgraded the traditional wedding attires. Below are pictures from Zulu traditional wedding ceremony.
BRIDE IN YELLOW
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