Nigerians are trendy and fashion conscious, in as much as they like to wear English wears they place lot of respect for their traditional wears; which they consider rich, flamboyant and colourful.
Clothes are parts of the rich cultural heritage of every state in Nigeria; however one state seems to take their dressing to another level.
The people of Delta can easily be spotted with their unique attire. Their attire has remained a symbol of their background, history and unity.
To the average Deltan, clothes are directly related to the status they occupy in the society. Hence they try at all times to look elegant and respected in whatever clothes they put on.
What You Should Know Of Delta State, Nigeria
Delta is a state in south-south Nigeria. It is an oil producing state and majority of the oil companies are located in the state. It is bordered by Anambra, Imo and Rivers in the east, Edo state in the north and west and Bayelsa on the south east border.
It was carved out of the former Bendel state in 1991. The capital of Delta is Asaba, while Warri is the commercial nerve center of Delta state. The people of Delta practice agriculture owning to the heavy rainfall experienced in the area.
It has an estimated population of over 6 million people and land area of 16, 482 Sq km. It is one of the most economic active centres in Nigeria owing to the presence of crude oil in the state.
Deltans may come from the same region but they are ethnically diversified. There are presently seven different languages been spoken in Delta.
Some of the major ethnic groups in Delta are Ibibio, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Igbo. The Igbos occupies the northern region while the Itsekiri and Ibibio occupy the southern and central region of the state.
They have lived together for many years and they have come to understand their differences while embracing their diversity.
Apart from crude oil, Delta also has large quantities of mineral deposits such as clay, limestone, kaolin, lignite and salica.
Attires Worn By Delta People
The people of Delta, Nigeria are soaked in their cultural heritage and they always use any opportunity to showcase their rich attires.
The attire do not come cheap, hence anyone putting the attire will be looked on as a royal. I would be looking at some of the attires worn by Delta people and what really make them unique compared to other attire worn by other tribes in Nigeria.
2. Bead costume
4. Shirt, wrapper and walking stick costume
Etibo is an attire unique to the people of Delta. It is worn by the men. It is very popular among the younger ones who feel more comfortable in this attire than any other traditional attire.
It is usually made from a plain cloth such as cotton material and sometimes a mix of cotton and polyester can also be used.
Etibo is worn on special occasion and during weekends. Most men like to put it on Fridays as a departure from the usual English wares worn to work from Monday to Thursday.
It has a magical effect of making men look rich. The Etibo is never complete without wearing a fedora to complement it. The fedora wearing was copied from the British who were found of wearing it with their coat.
Beads play a significant role in the attire of the Deltans. Beads are worn by women during their marriage ceremonies. The color of the beads is usually red but some may be white or peach.
The size and shape of the beads can vary depending on its usage. Some beads can be very large as seen in the neck of brides.
These beads are usually turned to clothing which can be used as hat worn by ladies, small top which is usually worn on a wrapper and as a decorative style on their hair. The beads top is worn from the shoulder to the waist and gives the bride the appearance of a queen.
Akwa-ocha is special clothing worn by the Anioma people of Delta; popular referred to as Delta-Igbo. It is a white piece of cloths that is worn by both men and women.
This clothing is unlike any other attire hence it is only worn on special occasion like wedding ceremonies, cultural festivals, state ceremonies, burials, and traditional titled ceremonies.
This attire is also completed by wearing beads made with corals around their waste, wrist, neck and angles. The beads can be worn by both male and female. Women also wear the beads on their hair to decorate it.
The traditional white color of the Akwa-Ocha is usually tainted with many other colours such as red, blue, purple or a combination of any.
Shirt, Wrapper And Walking Stick Costume
This is popular attire worn by the male folks in Delta. It is a lovely attire worn only on special occasion. The people of Delta place great value and respect in this attire; hence when they wear it, they command a lot of honour.
The shirt is called kemenje and it is stretches beyond the normal shirt line which is usually white in colour. The wrapper is made from George material and it is brightly colored.
To complement this attire, the male folks will stick a feather to a hat known as fedora. There is usually a walking stick to go with it. It is very rare to find a Delta man without this piece of attire in his wardrobe.
The people of Delta possess natural beauty. The men are always looking confident and sharp while their women radiate inner beauty.
Their traditional attires represent the beauty they possess and it has made them the centre of attraction wherever they go.
The kemenje, beads, Etibo and Akwa-ocha have been worn for a very long time by the Deltans and they still remain popular till date.
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