When it comes to culture and tradition, the Igbo tribe, one of the most populous and major tribes in Nigeria, is known for its rich cultural heritage, which is highly reflected and showcased by the indigenes through their social life. One of those important areas of social life is their Igbo traditional attire for men and women. We selected the best and finest list of Igbo traditional attire you should adorn for that big occasion.
Igbo Traditional Attire For Women
There is no doubt that Igbo women are known for their deep love for high-class fashion and high cultural values, these are in no doubt reflective in their mode of dressing, particularly in social events and gatherings. You can easily spot and identify an Igbo woman in a social gathering, event, or party by her unique attire.
1. Off-Shoulder Gown With Head Tie
The attire is made of purple silk, cotton, and wool fabric with an infusion of white design. The blouse is off-shoulder and has short flared sleeves with white strands of wool fabric as an overlay design. The outfit is fitted to the body, and it has a purple wool fabric and white flower designs. The head tie is of purple material. With a necklace made of beads and some hand beads, coupled with earrings and a nice pair of footwear that matches the dress, you are ready to rock the party.
2. Round-Neck Blouse and Double Wrapper
The attire is made of green fabrics, with long sleeves made from net and silk. From the shoulder to the elbow region is net fabric and from the elbow downwards are overlapping flaps of silk fabrics that are flared out. The blouse and double wrapper have an inner wrapper that is long-running to the ankle, and an outer wrapper that is short which is typical of Igbo women attires. This attire can be combined with plain white headgear to match, also the dress can go well with white pair of footwear and a white bag, with a beaded necklace, hand beads, and other jewelry to match.
3. Sweetheart Neckline Blouse and Wrapper
The blouse has a sweetheart neckline with short sleeves, which are pleated and puffy. The blouse is well fitted, and the wrapper is long, running to the ankle. The attire goes with a well-tied headgear and a purse that blends well. Also, matching jewelry will make you look glamorous in this attire.
4. Blouse and Wrapper Igbo Traditional Attire
The blouse has an open neckline with crystal stones covering the chest area. The sleeves are short-sleeved and tightly fitted and are also made with net fabric while the wrapper is long to the ankle region. The attire should be worn with matching headgear and can also go with traditional Igbo jewelry as shown above.
5. Off-Shoulder Sweetheart Neckline Igbo Women Attire
This off-shoulder sweetheart neckline Igbo women attire is tightly fitted from the chest to the abdomen. The short sleeves hand is joined to the fabric on its neckline and carved into a sweetheart shape that holds firmly on both shoulders. It is long and flares out from the knee level. The attire looks glamorous when worn with coral beads necklace and a wristband. There are also coral beads around the hairdo as designs.
6. Off-Shoulder Igbo Traditional Long Gown
The off-shoulder Igbo traditional long gown is great for a social event like a traditional wedding. The gown is long and running to the ankle, it is also tightly fitted with its shoulders drooping. Right at the mid-thigh, the dress has a pleated flap which is the only complicated design it was made in. As custom demands, the attire is worn with beaded necklaces, wrist bands, and head beads.
7. Open Shoulder Igbo Traditional Attire Laced With Beads
The attire is a blouse and wrapper type, with the blouse having an off-shoulder and mini sleeves. The blouse is tightly fitted, and the wrapper is long, the transparent fabric is laced with beads. With a befitting headgear, a necklace made of coral beads, hand beads, hand chains, earrings, and other jewelry that perfectly match the attire, the outfit is perfect.
8. Off-Shoulder Mini-Gown with Coral Beads
The dress is a mini gown with its length terminating at the mid-thigh. It is off-shoulder and tightly fitted from the upper body to where it terminates a few inches above the knee level. The off-shoulder mini gown is best worn with coral beads around the waist, neck, hand, and wrists to amplify the beauty of the traditional wear. The earrings are equally made from beads. It is typical to see maidens in this attire on traditional wedding days in Igbo land.
9. Off-Shoulder Crop Top and Mini Skirt
The blouse is mini and off-shoulder, with an open neckline. It has mini sleeves and covers just the chest region. The mini skirt covers from the waist to the mid-thigh. With a necklace made of coral beads, beaded band around the hairdo, beaded wristbands, and beaded earrings this outfit is perfect for an Igbo bride.
10. Igbo Royal Traditional Attire For women
The attire is made of red cotton fabric and a black organza. It has an inner mini gown that extends to the mid-thigh and off-shoulder, with an open neckline. Covering the inner gown is a transparent long jacket like an overall. It is made of a black organza with long sleeves. The overall is loose and free from the body, with a full length to the ankle. This dress is rocked with red coral beads around the neck and wrists. The head is also covered with beaded bands.
11. Igbo Traditional Tube Top and Wrapper
The sleeves were entirely removed while the trunk of the clothing have its length running from the upper part of the body to the mid-thigh and tightly fitted to the body all the way. Though the clothing has no sleeves, there are two pleated flaps of band that can be worn on the hand and they flare out. Necklace, earrings, and wristbands made of coral beads are a must-use for this traditional Igbo attire, coupled with the headband.
12. Off-Shoulder Fitted Blouse and Long Skirt
It is made of milk and red silk fabric, with the blouse tightly fitted to the body. The milk-colored blouse is off the shoulder and the red silk skirt is long and tightly fitted from the waist to the mid-thigh, flaring out from the mid-thigh with pleats. The necklace, and wristbands are made of beads.
13. Sleeveless Mini Blouse And Skirt
The crop top is tightly fitted to the body and is sleeveless, the skirt is mini, running from the waist to the mid-thigh, which is also tightly fitted. The neck and the wrists are adorned with bold and beautiful coral bead bands, as well as the head.
14. Off-Shoulder Ankara Gown
The clothing is made from Ankara fabrics and is off-shoulder with mini sleeves rounded off by a feathered material that runs across the chest. The long gown is tightly fitted to the body with not many complicated designs except for the pattern on the fabric which is a mix of white and purple pebbles. It can also be interchanged from either the chest, waist, or leg region to contrast each other and make this cloth even finer. From the knee level, the rest of the clothing is pleated moderately and it runs all the way down to the feet. It is a must to wear this clothing with beads to bring out its true beauty and while you can look dashing wearing it on flat shoes, you will look a lot more elegant wearing it with high heels.
15. Off-Shoulder Blouse and Wrapper
The dress is off-shoulder and has short sleeves which are designed in the shape of starflowers, and the blouse is well fitted to the body. The wrapper is a long one, running from the waist to the ankle. Like many other traditional Igbo attires, coral beads, beaded hand bands, and good earrings are some of the accessories that can go well with this outfit. The headgear is red asoke.
16. Tube Top With Long Skirt
Here, the blouse is mini and slightly above the navel, sleeveless, and tightly fitted, while the skirt is long from the waist past the ankle and even sweeping the floor. The long skirt has a few flowery designs placed here and there and though it is slightly tight around the hips and thighs to show the curves of the lady, it flares out from a point slightly above the knee and runs all the way to the ground covering the feet entirely. The clothing is adorned with red coral bead bands around the neck, wrists, and waist, coupled with headbands.
17. Igbo Traditional Attire With Cape
This is another unique way to wear an Igbo traditional attire like a superwoman. The upper part of the body is tightly wrapped round with a short wrapper, and another wrapper is tightly wrapped around the waist, with a length running from the waist to the mid-thigh, and the waist is laced with waist beads. Beaded necklaces and wristbands are also used. From a little below the shoulders is a long wrapper loosely covering the back.
18. Traditional Long Gown, Tight Fitting and Off Shoulder
This is a simple long off-shoulder velvet gown that tightly hugs the body. There are no complicated designs on the attire but yet it is a popular traditional Igbo attire with ladies preparing for their traditional marriages. You will look half-dressed if you step out in this clothing without some nicely crafted beads adorning your head, ears, neck, and hands.
19. Short Sleeve Blouse And Wrapper
The simple, clean and glamorous nature of this red velvet isi agu attire is enough to describe everything about beauty and the rich Igbo culture. The blouse is short-sleeve and fitted, while the wrapper is long and extends to the ankle. The dress like many traditional Igbo attires here goes well with coral bead headbands, necklaces, and hand bands.
20. Igbo Royal Attire With Tune Top and Wrapper
The upper part of the body is covered with black isi agu fabric, while the wrapper is short, running from the waist to the mid-thigh. With beaded headbands, a full necklace of beads, and beaded earrings, you are going to look remarkably beautiful with this attire.
21. Short Sleeve Blouse and Long Wrapper
The attire is made of a short sleeve blouse and long wrapper. The blouse is tightly fitted and the wrapper is tightly wrapped around the waist. The dress is made of red fabric with designs, while the headgear is of golden color, perfectly matching the footwear.
22. One Hand Off Shoulder Blouse And Wrapper With Stones
For this dress, the blouse is off the shoulder and has just one sleeve. It is also fitted with crystal stones covering the front. The wrapper is long, and is also tightly wrapped around the waist with crystal stones on it. The beauty of this dress is the unique color combination. The blouse is made of red-colored fabric, same with the headgear, while the wrapper is made of green fabric material. The footwear is also of red color, as well as the hand fan, which is made from red wool.
23. Magnificent Igbo Attire With Heavy Beads
The blouse is made of milk-colored lace and the wrapper is of blue George fabric, from the shoulders, there are multicolored stone designs. The blue wrapper is tightly wrapped around the waist and runs down to the ankle. The headgear and the footwear are of the same gold color. The necklace and the wristbands are made of coral beads, which make for an excellent and attractive combination.
24. Off Shoulder Long Two-step Gown
The gown is off-shoulder with mini sleeves of red wool fabric. It is slim-fitted from the upper part of the body to the knee level, where a large flap of pleated fabric is attached, with red fabric at the edge round. The flap flares out and has red wool fabric around its edge.
25. Off Shoulder Long Gown
The attire is made of black fabric and plain black fluffy fabric. The gown is off-shoulder and tightly holds the body together in a fitting manner. The upper part of the gown is made of black sequence fabric, while from the knee level downwards is made of plain black fluffy material that flares out.
26. Igbo Traditional Royal Attire
The long gown is of full length, from the upper part of the body to the ground. The upper part of the gown is sown with the popular Ishi-agu fabric, it is off-shoulder and tightly fitted, it is attached to a pleated and plain red wool. This gown looks even more glamorous with a necklace made of beads, beaded hand bands, and earrings made of beads.
27. All Red Off Shoulder Igbo Attire
The attire is off-shoulder with short sleeves made with net fabric. It is body fitted to the knee level and flares out from there to the ankle. It is also pleated from the knee level round. A crown-like hat is made majorly from red beads. Also, the necklace is made of red beads, as well as the hand bands and the earrings.
28. All Red Multilayer Gown
This long gown is off-shoulder with pleated and loose long sleeves, they are also made of red veil fabric. The gown is body-fitting and is joined to multilayer pleated flaps. This attire is great for events like wedding parties, birthday parties, and other social events.
29. White Overflowing Gown with Beads
This looks more like a wedding gown due to its overflowing white fabric. The long gown is sleeveless, with the upper part made of white lace fabric, it is joined to a different white organza fabric at the waistband and flares out to the mid-thigh. This unique style goes with necklaces made from beads. Also, the head is covered with crown-like beads.
30. Ishi-agu Off Shoulder Mini Blouse And Mini Skirt
This traditional Igbo attire for ladies exudes sexiness in every sense of the word. It fits perfectly for moderately-plumpy and curvy ladies in the right proportions. The blouse is off-shoulder and tightly fitted to the body, and the hands have flared-out mini sleeves that form conical shapes. The skirt is firmly fitted and runs from the waist down to the mid-thigh. It is rocked with waist beads, beaded necklaces, headbands, and hand bands, coupled with earrings made from beads. You can use a black horse tail to match the color of the attire.
31. Igbo Traditional Attire With Puffed Short Sleeves
This attire is for the royal and noble Igbo women who value beauty and culture. It is simple and classy. The blouse is off-shoulder, with short sleeves that are ruffled and puffy. It is made of white silk fabric, with the upper edge taped around with white lace and body fit. The wrapper is also made of white silk fabric and runs down to the ankle. With coral beads as headbands, necklaces made of beads, beaded hand bands, and earrings, the attire is perfectly royal.
32. Body Fitted Off-shoulder Short Sleeve Skirt and Blouse
The blouse has short sleeves with an off-shoulder, and it is tightly fitted to the body. The skirt is long, running from the waistband all the way down to the ground, and is also tightly fitted from up to the knee level and flares out with pleats. This attire can be rocked in this instance with milk color beads as necklace and hand bands. Also, coral beads are used as headbands and the earrings are made from the beads.
33. Long Gown With Semi-overall
The gown is long with an off-shoulder, it is made of both blue silk and transparent fabric. The gown is tightly fitted to the body from the top to the ankle, and the blue silk that serves as the cape covers the back, from a little below the shoulder down to the ankle. The style goes with necklaces made from beads, beaded hand bands, and beaded earrings. There is also a touch of beads with the hairdo, and the long horse tail makes for a perfect cultural attire.
34. Front Slit Long Gown With Off Shoulder
This long gown with off-shoulders is extremely distinctive, with its elegant and charming look. The gown runs from the top down to the ankle, and it is off-shoulder and tightly fitted to the body, bringing out the curves. At the upper part, the green silk is designed with stripes of milk color, and from the waist downwards is plain green silk with stones. The top is made in a sweetheart neckline. This style of Igbo attire looks good with a moderate beaded necklace, hand bands, and other jewelry like earrings. The headgear is made from green silk.
35. Gold Silk Igbo Traditional Attire
The gold Igbo traditional attire is classy and elegant with its attractive color of gold. The blouse is made of fine net and silk fabric with lace, all in gold color. The wrapper is also made of golden silk fabric and perforated lace. The blouse is tightly fitted to the body, and the front is designed with golden lace fabric. The wrapper is also tightly wrapped around the waist. Beads and other fine jewelry bring out the best in this outfit.
36. Multicolored Fancy Igbo Traditional Attire
This attire is made of a multicolor-designed fabric and a plain maroon silk fabric. The blouse which is sown in a split chest pattern is off-shoulder and tightly fitted. The skirt on the other hand is long, running from the waist to the ankle. Then from the waist level to the mid-thigh is a plain margin silk fabric wrapped around the multicolor fabric. The skirt is firmly fitted from the waist to the knee, and flares out from the knee downward.
37. White and Gold Igbo Bridal Traditional Attire
The gown is long and strapless, it has gold designs around the chest and the thigh downward. It is tightly fitted from up to the ankle, thereby revealing the curves. The gown has a long cut from the mid-thigh downward at the back, making room for free movement. The waistband is laced with waist beads, as well as the neck, head, and wrists.
38. Slim-Fitted Flare Gown
The gown is made of Ankara fabric and plain blue silk fabric. The gown has an open chest and shoulder with mini sleeves. It is slim-fitted to reveal the body curves, and flares out from the knee downward. From the knee, there are two overlapping layers of blue silk which are pleated. This slim-fitted flare gown looks great with a beaded necklace, beaded hand band, and headband.
Trending and Classy Igbo Traditional Attire For Men
In the same way that Igbo women are known to be fashionable, the same goes for Igbo men, even though there seems to be a limited option in terms of the styles available to them for their traditional attires. Nonetheless, here’s a compilation of trending and classy Igbo traditional attire for men who love to dress up in stylish apparel.
39. Short Sleeve Ishi-agu Igbo Traditional Attire
This style is simple, but it has an elegant and classy taste to it. It is perfect for mature men who want to showcase their cultural affinity. The shirt is designed into a pull-over Ishi-agu shirt, and is short-sleeved, with the sleeves well fitted and terminating at the elbow. The top has its entire length terminating close to the knee and is a bit loose from the body. It goes with a trouser made from a cotton fabric with a red cap, beaded necklace, and hand band to balance it up.
40. Wine Red Ishi-agu Igbo Attire
The top is made of red velvet Ishi-agu fabric with long sleeves made of red silk, the trouser, and the cap are also made of red silk. The attire is well fitted to the body, and it can be rocked with a long walking stick.
41. Ishi-agu Top And Wrapper
The top has short sleeves and is free from the body. The length terminates at the knee level and has a string design at the chest. It is worn over a loosely tied wrapper around the waist, and the length of the wrapper terminates at a point close to the ankle. It is also rocked with a nice traditional cap made from elastic fabric material and wool fabric.
42. Blue Ishiagu On Blue Cap
This is another great way to rock your Igbo traditional attire as a mature man. The bright color selection and the combination are absolutely fantastic. The top is made of the traditional blue Ishi-agu fabric with gold color designs on it. It is a long sleeve top with a closed neck and chest. The length terminates at mid-thigh and is worn over a black cotton fabric trouser, while the cap is blue to match the shirt.
43. White Ishi-agu on White Trousers
The attire is just too unique in its own way. It is made from white or cream cotton material and Ishi-agu fabric. The top is a short sleeve and has its length run close to the knee. The front is made of the Ishiagu fabric, while the two sleeves and the back is made of milk cotton fabric, also the trouser and the cap are made from the cream-colored cotton material. The attire is well fitted to the body, and it has a design at the left shoulder.
44. Red George Long Igbo Traditional Attire
The shirt is made from a red George fabric and is long all the way down to a level below the knee. The sleeves are short, and the sides have a light red silk fabric as design. It rocks on nice cotton trousers and a red cap.
45. Long Sleeve Gold Silk Top
The top is long, with its length running to the knee level. It also has long sleeves, and the top is well fitted to the body. It is made of gold silk fabric, with ash cotton fabric as a design around the collar and the Burton line. The top is rocked on a nicely fitted trouser that matches the top.
46. Igbo Traditional Attire For Men
This is another magnificent traditional Igbo attire to try out if you love unique styles. The shirt and the trousers are made from white cotton fabric with a jacket made from Ishi-agu fabric. The jacket is long, sleeveless, and runs to the ankle.
47. Etibo Over Blue Wrapper
Not a typical Igbo traditional attire but Igbo men have come to embrace this outfit. The Etibo shirt is of white fabric and has long sleeves. It is worn over a blue wrapper that is loosely tied, which has its length running to the ankle level. It can be worn with a matching cap, beaded necklace, and hand band.
48. Etibo with Trousers
The Etibo traditional Igbo attire can also be worn with trousers. Ideally, the trousers should be of a matching or complementary color to the color of the Etibo shirt. When complimenting, navy blue trousers can go with a sky-blue Etibo shirt, just as light brown trousers will fit a white Etibo shirt. On the other hand, when you want to wear matching outfits, the color and texture of your Etibo shirt and trousers can be one and the same.
49. Traditional George Fabric Over a Trouser
This traditional Igo attire for men is one of the easiest to wear on this list. It is simply a piece of check clothe that is tired or hung over the upper part of the body, leaving one shoulder bare. Ideally, it goes with a black pair of trousers. Beads and the Igbo tradional amala hat are necessary to look your best in this outfit.
If this is worn for a wedding ceremony, it will be ideal if the bride wears an outfit made with the same fabric.
This is a popular traditional attire among Igbo men in Nigeria and it is also one of the most popular native wears for men in general in the country. It can come in different limitless designs and can be worn with a variety of footwear and, beads, and also caps. It all depends on how creative your tailor is and how ingenious you can be while dressing up.