"Culture: Isoko Men And Women - Clothing Style."

By Divramredje Lawrence Efeturi KSJI

One of the aspects of Isoko culture that is very distinctive is their mode of dressing. The Isoko people are an ethnic group mainly found in the southern part of Nigeria, particularly in Delta State. They have a unique culture and tradition, including their mode of dressing.

For Isoko men, the traditional mode of dressing involves wearing a white lace shirt or sometimes other pastel shades, along with a Georgian wrapper and a black cowboy hat. To complement their outfit, they carry a walking stick and wear beaded bracelets and necklaces. This traditional attire can be seen beautifully showcased by Barr Chief Afahokor Duncan, representing the Isoko culture with pride.

On the other hand, Isoko women wear an ensemble consisting of two wrappers made of the same material as the men's attire. They also wear a head-tie called "udhofor" and a blouse known as "ewhu." The two wrappers, known as "ehor (plural)" or "ohor, (singular)", create a unique and harmonious look. They are usually made of fabrics like Ankara, lace, or Guinea, featuring intricate patterns and designs. The choice of fabric and style allows women to express their personality and mood.

The art of wearing the wrapper is truly spectacular. The inner wrapper is wrapped and tied around the waist, gracefully falling down to the ankles. This allows for free movement and adds elegance to the overall look. The outer wrapper is then wrapped and tied on top of the inner layer, falling down a few inches above the inner layer.

Moving to the upper body, Isoko women wear a well-tailored blouse that perfectly fits their body. The blouse is often made from patterned fabrics like ankara or lace, adding a touch of style to the attire. The sleeves of the blouse can vary from long to short, depending on personal preference.

To complete the traditional attire, Isoko women adorn themselves with beautiful accessories. Beaded necklaces and bracelets are prominently worn, symbolizing status, wealth, and beauty. These accessories add the final touches to the Isoko woman's traditional ensemble, making it truly captivating.

The traditional mode of dressing for both Isoko men and women reflects the rich cultural heritage and pride of the Isoko people. It showcases their sense of style, attention to detail, and commitment to preserving their traditions. The attire is not just clothing, but a way of expressing identity and celebrating the uniqueness of the Isoko culture.

From head to toe, the Isoko woman's attire is a beautiful display of craftsmanship and artistry. Each element of their attire holds cultural significance and is a testament to the richness of the Isoko culture. This culturally dressed Princess Omaduvie Florence shows this embodiment of physical entity typifying the Isoko culture. She represents the very embodiment of beauty.

The Isoko women's mode of dressing is a beautiful example of how culture and fashion can blend together to create a unique and stunning look. I hope you enjoyed learning more about the Isoko people and their traditional attire.