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Did You Know? The Evolution of Iro and Buba

The Iro and Buba is a traditional attire often worn by Yoruba women in Nigeria.

Five-piece attire

The original version of the outfit consists of five pieces:

  • The Iro are long, rectangular, large wrap-around skirts tied around the waist and knotted.
  • The Buba is a long-sleeved, loose-fitting blouse.
  • The head-tie Gele is famously known to be worn by many Nigerian women.
  • The Ipele is a shorter fabric tied around the waist on top of the Iro.
  • The Iborun is a scarf that’s strategically placed on the shoulder.

The evolution of Iro & Buba

The Iro and Buba trend was famous in the 50’s into the early 80’s. In fact the Iro was worn as a mini-skirt back then, as a symbol of the liberation of women. At some point, however, the style became seen by young women as “old”.

By 2013-2014 the well-known regalia sprang back into fashion and became modernized into various chic styles. Trendsetters took the garb up a notch by doing away with the Iborun and Ipele. Also, rather than using the common Aso-Oke fabric, chiffon, cotton, or lace fabric are instead used nowadays.

Today, the Iro and Buba have a fashionable twist to it as they come in various styles and fabric. From the usual African print fabric to satin and

chiffon.

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    Sodiq Yusuf

    21st December 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Becky,

    Great job on this platform. The post on the iro and buba is rich and very useful. You’ve also provided an amazing iro and buba collection that will instantly want to make one rock the style. Well done.

    Regards,
    Sodiq

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