One of the best feelings you can ever have is when you’re clothed in elegance, sophistication and panache. You cannot be happier than when you’re seen in an insignia of exquisiteness that has got no adversary. There is one attire that exhibits all these attributes. It is the voluminous attire popularly called Agbada.
Agbada is a four piece male attire that has been adopted by the Yorubas. It was originated in the middle east and was introduced to Africa by Berber and Arab merchants from the Mediterranean coast. It consists of a large, freeflowing outer robe called Awoseke, an undervest called Awotele, a pair of long trousers called Sokoto and a hat or cap called Fila.
“The voluminous attire” is a translation for Agbada and the name Agbada was derived from the outer robe (Awoseke) because it’s a big ankle length garment (most times) that is usually loose. The freeflowing outer robe usually has three fragments which are a rectangular centerpiece verged with very broad sleeves and usually covered in both sides with sophisticated needlework. It has a neck hole called The Orun and a big pocket (Apo) on the left side. In this editorial, the Buba which is a loose round neck shirt that were originally with elbow lenghthed sleeves is seen used in place of a Dansiki.
Sooro which was the most popular trousers pair used for an Agbada outfit are seen replaced here by a modern looking pair of trousers carefully sewn to fit.
From the pictures, a purple Velvet cap called the Gobi in Yoruba is used. It is the most popular cap style worn on an Agbada outfit and it’s usually cylindrical in shape and measures a few inches long. Other types of caps worn in place of a Gobi are The dog–eared cap also called Abetiaja, and the Labankada.
It is nice when you look extra fashionable on the Agbada attire. You can do so by wearing simple accessories like beads. They are really good and gives a royal touch to your outfit. Royal doesn’t look good without elegance, instead they work hand in hand. A timepiece that speaks elegance and class will play a good role in the elegance part.
The Agbada trend doesn’t stop with men and the Yoruba culture. It extends to other tribes in Nigeria, Africa and outside Africa. The agbada style is now seen in many French countries and is called Boubou in French. It’s called Mbubb in some areas of Senegal and Gambia and Riga in Fulani and Hausa.Agbada is presently worn by so many women automatically making the attire unisex.
Lately, there have been some changes or better still upgrade in the very sophisticated Four piece attire. Many Agbadas are now sewn to be more freeflowing than they are meant to be. Modern Agbada are now sewn long beneath the knee. Nowadays, an Agbada is best worn with a pair of Loafer shoes.
Agbada can also be worn as three piece (without the cap). They are sewn to be very flexible enough that they can also be worn as The undervest (Awotele) together with the Sokoto alone. Only that it doesn’t qualify to be referred to as Agbada anymore.
The Agbada with the left side pocket is really outdated now. The left side pocket called Apo are not seen anymore on modern day Agbada.
The voluminous attire is just a quintessence of magnificence. Thanks to Kibk Couture who made this gorgeous outfit. He’s a genius.
Outfit – Agbada by kolawole Ibukun (@Kibk_couture1)x Penny Loafer shoes by Me x Glasses by Thom Browne x Bead by Judith Iloba x Wristwatch by Rolex (Geneve Cellini)
Directed and Shot by Replicas Concept (@replicas001)