All countries in Africa are different in language, dressing and even culture, consequently Africa prides itself with traditional clothing worn differently by the numerous tribes . Initially African dressing was mostly associated with skins, fur hides, tree barks etc. This was designed for protection and warmth. Men would wrap a cloth around their loin area, women on the other hand would use wraps on their waist and to cover their breasts. Enhanced and embellished with paint and colors on their bodies mainly for beauty.
”54 African Countries, More than 1.2Billion people, Beyond 3,000 tribes… There is no way to exhaust all of them”
Clothing or style would be determined by factors like tribe, position in the community, sex, occasion, age, marital status and other factors. Western culture has greatly influenced changes in dressing in Africa. However, this does not change the fact that Africans are still firm on maintaining their traditional wear on different occasions. In Kenya for instance , the Kikuyu Community still gear up with traditional wear for ”ruracio”, which is mostly characterized by ‘‘Vitenge” although some opt for traditional wear.
‘‘Vitenge” appears to be a major fashion trend in most African countries representing both modern and traditional styles. Major events like weddings, funerals, parties and other social events ,including as wrap overs even at the beach are among the many versatile uses of the fabric. It’s Unisex and largely popular in East Africa , West Africa and many other African Countries.