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Legendary YORUBA Clothing And Dressing : Pics Inside by lekankolade(m): 7:24pm On Aug 09, 2015
The Yoruba have legendary types of clothes that make them distinct from other cultures around them. They take immense pride in their attire, for which they are well known for. Clothing materials traditionally come from processed cotton by traditional weavers. They believe that the type of clothes worn by a man depicts his personality and social status, and that different occasions require different clothing outfits.

Typically, The Yoruba have a very wide range of materials used to make clothing, the most basic being the Aṣo-Oke, which is a hand loomed cloth of different patterns and colors sewn into various styles.[97] and which comes in very many different colors and patterns. Aso Oke comes in three major styles based on pattern and coloration;

Alaari – a rich red Aṣọ-Oke,
Sanyan- a brown and usual light brown Aṣọ-Oke, and
Ẹtu- a dark blue Aṣọ-Oke.
Other clothing materials include but are not limited to:

Ofi- pure white yarned cloths, used as cover cloth, it can be sewn and worn.
Aran- a velvet clothing material of silky texture sewn into Danṣiki and Kẹmbẹ, worn by the rich.
Adirẹ- cloth with various patterns and designs, dye in indigo ink (Ẹlu or Aro).

Agbada clothing historically worn by the Yoruba

Man in basic Yoruba traditional regalia
Clothing in Yoruba culture is gender sensitive. For men's' wear, they have Bùbá, Esiki and Sapara, which are regarded as Èwù Àwòtélè or under wear, while they also have Dandogo, Agbádá, Gbariye, Sulia and Oyala, which are also known as Èwù Àwòlékè / Àwòsókè or over wears. Some fashionable men may add an accessory to the Agbádá outfit in the form of a wraparound (Ìbora).[98][99]

Ìrùkèrè made from horse or cow tail
They also have various types of Sòkòtò or native trousers that are sown alongside the above-mentioned dresses. Some of these are Kèmbè (Three-Quarter baggy pants), Gbáanu, Sóóró (Long slim / streamlined pants), Káamu & Sòkòtò Elemu. A man’s dressing is considered incomplete without a cap (Fìlà). Some of these caps include, but are not limited to; Gobi (Cylindrical, which when worn may be compressed and shaped forward, sideways, or backward), Tinko, Abetí-ajá (Crest-like shape which derives its name from its hanging flaps that resembles a dog's hanging ears. The flaps can be lowered to cover the ears in cold weather, otherwise, they are upwardly turned in normal weather), Alagbaa, Oribi, Bentigoo, Onide, and Labankada (A bigger version of the Abetí-ajá, and is worn in such a way as to reveal the contrasting color of the cloth used as underlay for the flaps).

Women also have different types of dresses. The most commonly worn are Ìró (wrapper) and Bùbá (blouse–like loose top). Women also have matching Gèlè (head gear) that must be put on whenever the Ìró and Bùbá is on. Just as the cap (Fìlà) is important to men, women’s dressing is considered incomplete without Gèlè. It may be of plain cloth or costly as the women can afford. Apart from this, they also have ìborùn (Shawl) and Ìpèlé (which are long pieces of fabric that usually hang on the left shoulder and stretch from the hind of the body to the fore). At times, it is tied round their waists over the original one piece wrapper. Unlike men, women have two types of under wears (Èwù Àwòtélè), called; Tòbi and Sinmí. Tòbi is like the modern day apron with strings and spaces in which women can keep their valuables. They tie the tòbi around the waists before putting on the Ìró (wrapper). Sinmí is like a sleeveless T-shirt that is worn under before wearing any other dress on the upper body.

There are many types of beads (Ìlèkè), hand laces, necklaces (Egba orùn), anklets (Egba esè) and bangles (Egba owó) that are abound in Yoruba land, that both males and females put on for bodily adornment. Chiefs, Priests, kings or people of royal descent, especially use some of these beads, often. Some of these beads include Iyun, Lagidigba, Àkún etc. An accessory especially popular among royalty and titled Babalawos / Babalorishas is the Ìrùkèrè, which is an artistically processed animal tail, a type of Fly-whisk. The horsetail whiskers are symbols of authority and stateliness. It can be used in a shrine for decoration but most often is used by chief priests and priestess as a symbol of their authority or Ashe.[100] As most men go about with their hair lowly cut or neatly shaven every time, the reverse is the case with women. Hair is considered the ' Glory of the woman '. They usually take care of their hair in two major ways; They plait and they weave. There are many types of plaiting styles, and women readily pick any type they want. Some of these include kòlésè, Ìpàkó-elédè, Sùkú, Kojúsóko, Alágogo, Konkoso, Etc. Traditionally, The Yoruba consider tribal marks ways of adding beauty to the face of individuals. This is apart from the fact that they show clearly from which part of Yorubaland an individual comes from, since different areas are associated with different marks. Different types of tribal marks are made with local blades or knives on the cheeks. These are usually done at infancy, when children are not pain conscious. Some of these tribal marks include Pélé, Abàjà-Ègbá, Abàjà-Òwu, Abàjà-mérin, Kéké, Gòmbò, Ture, Pélé Ifè, Kéké Òwu, Pélé Ìjèbú etc. This practice has almost faded into oblivion.[101]

The Yoruba believe that development of a nation is akin to the development of a man or woman. Therefore, the personality of an individual has to be developed in order to fulfill his or her responsibilities. Clothing among the Yoruba people is a crucial factor upon which the personality of an individual is anchored. This belief is anchored in Yoruba proverbs. Different occasions also require different outfits among the Yoruba. [102]

Gallery of some Yoruba clothing

Agbádá àti Fìlà from Iseyin, Oyo State 

Iro & Bùbá, with Gele & Ipele blouse, wrapper & headgear 

Bùbá àti Kèmbè shirt and short baggy pants for men 

Embroidered Aso Òkè fabric for women 

Agbádá àti Sóró Agbada and long slim pants for men 

Ìró & Bùbá made from African lace material

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Re: Legendary YORUBA Clothing And Dressing : Pics Inside by INTROVERT(f): 7:25pm On Aug 09, 2015
Re: Legendary YORUBA Clothing And Dressing : Pics Inside by lekankolade(m): 7:26pm On Aug 09, 2015
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Re: Legendary YORUBA Clothing And Dressing : Pics Inside by Dharniel(m): 7:27pm On Aug 09, 2015
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Re: Legendary YORUBA Clothing And Dressing : Pics Inside by lekankolade(m): 7:29pm On Aug 09, 2015
Notable people of YORUBA origin
Sheikh Abu-Abdullah Adelabu
Adebayo Faleti
General Adekunle Fajuyi
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Akinwumi Adesina
Ameyo Stella Adadevoh
Angélique Kidjo
Asisat Oshoala
Ayodele Awojobi
Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh
Babatunde Olatunji
Babajide Collins Babatunde
Babatunde Fashola
General Benjamin Adekunle Rtd
Beko Ransome-Kuti
Bernardine Evaristo
Best Ogedegbe
Biyi Bandele
Bola Tinubu
Bukola Saraki
Carlton E. Brown
Clarence Peters
Daley Thompson
David Alaba
Bishop David Oyedepo
David Oyelowo
Dayo Okeniyi
Desmond Elliot
Donald Adeosun Faison
Dotun Adebayo
Ebenezer Obey
Eedris Abdulkareem
Emmanuel Adebayor
Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Chief Earnest Shonekan
Fatai Rolling Dollar
Femi Gbaja Biamila
Femi Kuti
Femi Ogunode
Femi Oke
Femi Otedola
Fela Kuti
Festus Onigbinde
Fola Adeola
Folorunsho Alakija
Funke Akindele
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
Gabriel Afolayan
Chief Gani Fawehinmi
Ganiyu Akanbi Bello
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Hakeem Olajuwon
Herbert Macaulay
Hubert Ogunde
Ilesanmi Adesida
Isaach de Bankolé
Jarome Iginla
John Dabiri
Joseph Ayo Babalola
Joseph Oladele Sanusi
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Karim Olowu
Kehinde Bankole
Kehinde Wiley
Keziah Jones
King Sunny Ade
Kunle Afolayan
Kunle Olukotun
Lawan Gwadabe
Majek Fashek
Matthew Ashimolowo
Michael Olowokandi
Mike Adenuga
Chief Moshood Abiola
Mudashiru Lawal
Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Obafemi Martins
General Oladipupo Diya
Ola Rotimi
Olikoye Ransome-Kuti
Chief Olu Falae
Olu Jacobs
Olusegun Aganga
General Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusoji Fasuba
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Orlando Owoh
Patrick Owomoyela
Ramsey Nouah
Rasheed Yekini
Razaq Okoya
Richard Ayoade
Rockmond Dunbar
Chief Rotimi Williams
Sade Adu
Samuel Ajayi Crowther
Samuel Akintola
Samuel Johnson
Samuel Oshoffa
Segun Odegbami
Seun Kuti
Sir Shina Peters
Sound Sultan
Taio Cruz
Taye Taiwo
Thomas Boni Yayi
Tiwa Savage
Tosin Abasi
Tunde Baiyewu
Prophet T.B. Joshua
Toks Olagundoye
Tosin Ogunode
General Tunde Idiagbon
Tunde Kelani
Wale (rapper)
William Kumuyi
Winston Wole Soboyejo
Wole Soyinka
Yemi Odubade
Yemi Osinbajo
Yemisi Ransome-Kuti
Yusuf Grillo
Yusuf Olatunji

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Re: Legendary YORUBA Clothing And Dressing : Pics Inside by Emilokoiyawon: 9:53pm On Aug 09, 2015
grin That list is not complete without me: EMILOKOIYAWON. grin

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