The Ivory Coast lies in the West Africa. The country remained a French colony and gained independence in 1960. The Ivory Coast gets its name from the word ‘Ivory’, as the locals used to export the ivories of the elephants in the medieval times.
The people lead a simple life, but are never short of going of innovative and peculiar designs. Pagnes’ is the traditional dress of men and women of Ivory Coast. Pagnes is along traditional dress which is worn along with a long cloth as a wrapping around the body. Head Scarves are also common with them.
Pagne dress and fashion wear
Pagne is an un-tailored cotton fabric. But is designed and oriented in multiple ways to give a glittering and tender look. The cloth can be used and is used to produce Boubou cloth which is also common in the Ivory Coast, along with many other tropical and West African countries.
Head ties, wrappers, skirts are the main components of the untied Pagne cloth. The cloth is famous in rural areas of the Ivory Coast. Most of the residents of urban areas prefer wearing western wears. But the local and traditional dress is preferred during festival mode.
Kaftans, Boubou and Pagne are relatively interchangeably used terms for the dress code in the Ivory Coast. The dresses are ankle-long and come along with wrappers and headscarves. Beading and printing add flavor and glamour.
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