African Clothing – Types, Styles and Latest Collections

African Clothing – Types, Styles and Latest Collections



African clothing


African Clothing is the traditional clothing worn by Africans.


In most rural areas the original African clothing styles are still maintained.


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However, with the introduction of Western culture or with the passing of time most of these African clothing has improved in style or gone way fashion crazy.


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These modern African clothing styles have come to be more fashionable and have gained world recognition.


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In this article, African Clothing – Types, Styles and Latest Collections” I’ll talk about the types of African clothing, the names given to different African clothing.


Included too are the latest picture collections of these various brands of African clothing.



Types of African clothing

Nowadays, there are two types of African clothing. There is traditional African clothing, and Modern African clothing usually referred to as African fashion.


Africa is a big continent made up of different countries, different kinds of people, different culture, languages, food, clothing and more. In this light we’d would cover only the most common African clothing for now.



Traditional African clothing

The most popular Traditional African clothing are from Western Africa particularly Nigeria and Ghana.


These include Ankara wears, Senator suits, Agbada, Dashiki, Kente and others.


Less popular wears such as Kitenge, Gomesi, Tutu, Peplum, and others come from the eastern part of Africa but haven’t gain the fame as do the ones from West Africa.



Modern African fashion

Compared to the past where traditional African attire was worn only at important occasions, modern African fashion has brought new styles that has turned into attire that can be worn anywhere.


These new modern African fashion outfits could easily be worn to work, parties, and as casual everyday wear.


These include African pencil dresses, African print skirts, trousers, jumpsuits, playsuits etc.


These African outfits are made using African wax prints or Ankara prints but in  modern stylish easy wears.




African Clothing Styles: Dashiki

Here are some Dashiki dresses pictures below.


To see more collections of Dashiki dresses check here “Dashiki Dresses


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African Clothing Styles: Kitenge

Kitenge is an East African cotton fabric printed in various colors and designs with distinctive borders, used especially for women’s clothing.

Kitenge are mostly like Ankara cloths that you’ll hardly notice the difference.


Here are some Kitenge dresses pictures below.




Kitenge dress

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African Clothing Styles: Ankara


Here are some Ankara dresses pictures below.


To see more collections of Ankara dresses check here “Ankara Dresses



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African clothing styles: Agbada



Here are some Agbada dresses pictures below.


To see more collections of Agbada dresses check here “Agbada Dresses”


Agbada dress

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African Clothing Styles: Kente

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cottonfabric made of interwoven cloth strips which originates from Ghana.





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Aso oke: people usually refer to aso oke, as the traditional Yoruba women’s garment. It consists of four parts:

  • Buba – Yoruba blouse
  • Iro – a wrap skirt
  • Gele – head tie
  • Iborun or Ipele – shawl or shoulder sash

Aso oke hat:  is a traditional Yoruba hat that is made of hand woven African fabric.

Boubou or bubu: is one of the names for a flowing wide sleeved robe. This can be worn by both male and female. It also known as kaftan but this refers more to female boubou.

kaba and slit  :This is a long wraparound skirt and matching blouse made from African wax print or cloth. Skirts usually have a pair of strings in the waist which is drawn together to fit the waist but normal zips could be used instead.


Kaftan/ Caftan:  is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped or round collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines.

The Ghanaian smock:  is a plaid shirt that is similar to the dashiki, worn by men in Ghana. The smock is also called a fugu or a batakari. It is made of handloomed strips of Kente fabric that are three to four inches in width.

Kufi or kufi cap: is a brimless, short, and rounded cap worn by a lot of people  in West Africa

head tie/ gele is a West and Southern African women’s cloth used to tie the head as part of the African outfit

The wrapper is a colorful women’s garment widely worn in West Africa. It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored ensembles. The formality of the wrapper depends on the fabric used to create it. The wrapper is usually worn with a matching headscarf or head tie that is called a gele 


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