Have you ever thought of rocking an Igbo attire, but constantly run out of ideas? Search no more because, with the “Isiagu“, even Denola Grey has got nothing on you!
The Igbo men’s traditional attire is called Isiagu, also known as “Chieftaincy”. This is made with high-quality suede materials. Before the advent of this material and other fabrics, Igbo men preferred wearing a loincloth. This is a piece of garment that covers the private parts of the male body. The loincloth was often kept in place by a belt or fastened at the back. This was worn to the farms and markets way back before civilization. However, as civilization began to grow in this part of the world, Igbo men began to adorn different fabrics, hence the introduction of the Isiagu attire.
The Igbo people are a large ethnic group and they have a very rich culture and tradition. Isiagu is one of their dressings that is adored in every land. This attire is traditionally adorned by men, especially when receiving a chieftaincy title. Nowadays, it is worn by people of different status and age. It is a perfect outfit to wear to special occasions such as a wedding, naming, coronations and so on.
Isiagu is a pullover-tunic-shirt, similar to the native attire called dashiki. The shirt may either be long or short-sleeved. Some shirts have gold buttons that are linked by a chain. There is usually a breast pocket at the front. This attire has patterns on it which are usually a lion’s head. It is printed, embroidered and decorated in the colors and patterns that the Igbo culture permits. The tunic may be red, white, black, burgundy, and in some cases, clearly distinct patterns.
This native shirt is usually worn with a red fez hat or the Igbo leopard cap. The leopard cap is known as “Okpu Agu” in the Igbo language. The red cap is majorly for chiefs, but nowadays, it is loved by all members of the tribe. The traditional shirt is also worn with black trousers or a tied wrapper (George cloth). Coral beads are used to match the wear as well as walking sticks. These combinations make the Igbo men stylish.
So, if you want to stand out from the crowd on your next occasion, the Isiagu attire is definitely an option worth trying out.