Agbada is a traditional outfit originating from Nigeria, which is made up of an open-stitched flowing robe with very wide sleeves. The agbada is a three-piece attire consisting of a pair of trousers (Sokoto) and a long-sleeved shirt. As a popular attire predominantly worn by the Yoruba men of Nigeria, the outfit is usually decorated with embroidery in traditional patterns and is growing amongst other tribes and now, even women can be found wearing them. Hausa calls it ‘Babban Riga‘, ‘Darra’a’ in Arabic ‘Mbubb‘ in Wolof, and in Yoruba, it is called Agbada.
Among the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, there are two major types of Agbada that include:
The ceremonial Agbada known as Agbada Amurode
The Agbada Amurode is highly decorated and is very voluminous. Because of its purpose —for mainly traditional ceremonies, this Agbada is mostly sewn with heavy and costly fabrics. More so, it the more renowned attire that is intensely decorated with embroidery and is more voluminous is known as Ginike or Agbada nla.
The casual Agbada known as Agbada Iwole:
Also known as Sulia or Sapara, the Agbada Iwole is not as large and heavy as the Agbada Amurode. With its plain, lightweight cotton fabric, this type of Agbada is smaller and proves to be more comfortable.
Best Materials for Agbada
What is an Agbada without a perfectly fitting Fila? The Fila is an essential accessory to compliment your outfit. Always remember to pick fabric that matches the colour used in making your Agbada while selecting the material for your Fila.
The most recognized fabric for sewing the Agbada is Aso Oke. However, as new trends are increasing daily, people sew the Agbada with other fabrics such as damask, brocade, velvet, etc.
There are accessories you can choose from to give your Agbada that gorgeous and stunning look. You can complement your attire with bracelets, rings, beads, cuff links, wristwatch, and so on. For the colour of your accessories, you do not need to be all “matchy-matchy” and choose the same colour as your Agbada. You are free to blend colours as long as they are appealing and pleasant.
Since the trousers of the Agbada are tailored to fit, there is zero need for a belt. Most of these trousers, even come with adjustable straps by the side in case your trouser needs a little adjustment.
Furthermore, while wearing the Agbada, it is important to choose your footwear delicate as it is a traditional attire. You can wear a pair of sandals or any shoe that is not laced up.
Also, wear either leather, gold or silver wristwatches. A sport wristwatch with Agbada is a big no.