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In the world of Igbo fashion, every item is a statement of identity and a work of art. This section showcases the evolution of Igbo attire, tracing the journey from the traditional Akwete cloth weaving to the modern interpretations of Igbo dress. You’ll see how fashion serves as a marker of social status and personal style, and how it remains an integral part of Igbo cultural expression, celebrated in Nigeria and recognized globally.

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An Igbo elder from Öka (Awka) with "wooden head dress, set with pearl buttons" (isi ojongo). From the photo album of Northcote Thomas, photographed c. 1910-11. MAA Cambridge

An Igbo elder from Awka with wooden head dress, set with pearl buttons, c. 1910-11

Over a century ago, British anthropologist Northcote Whitridge Thomas captured this iconic image—an Igbo elder from Awka adorned in a wooden head dress, set with pearl buttons, and seated on an oche mpata. This photograph provides a unique glimpse into the cultural and social heritage of the Igbo people, particularly focusing on the esteemed position of women in Igbo society.
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