Tswana Traditional Wedding Dresses Biography
Botswana fashion and beauty best reflects the dual existence of tradition and modernization in Botswana.
Weddings in Botswana best depict this element in clothing fashion. It is common for the couple and troupe to change attire twice using different design patterns during the ceremony.
On first appearance, the couple and their troupe appear in European-style attire, but go on to change into attire that although may be modernized is largely traditional in design.
The Tswana traditional fashion has always borrowed from a mixture of both western and African countries' fashion cultures with fabrics and patterns. For instance, the German print fabric, felt fabric and African print fabrics stand out as popular features of Tswana fashion.
More other patterns that are borrowed from African fashion include, puffed sleeves, pleated volume bottoms in the female dresses and skirts, embroidery patterns on the outfits, hats, jackets, coats, trousers, shirts, and woven jerseys on male outfits
Traditional Botswana fashion
German print, known as Leteise in Tswana culture; African print fabrics; Felt fabric.
Patterns or clothing style
Female: Puffed sleeves (African countries influence, e.g. Ghana) with embroidery around the square bust; Dress silhouette was always pleated A-line shape (bottom); Skirt silhouette was always circular wrap-around shape; Below knee length dresses, traditionally in the older generation to cover the knees; Traditional Tukwi, a head wrap cloth to cover the head.
Male: Felt formal jacket and trench coats, known as Mohlangoma; Always a hat; Shirt; Sandals; Woven jersey
Familiar Botswana fashion patterns
The fashion market is generally divided into five categories, namely; commercial, classic, conservative, couture and contemporary fashion.
However, in Botswana there are only four categories which make up the whole fashion market of Botswana.
The clothes are mass produced and affordable with less emphasis placed on detail. This is the most popular fashion in Botswana which accounts for more than 50% of the fashion market in Botswana.
The clothes are sold in clothing retail shops.
- Casual ready to wear, day to day wear, e.g. demin jeans, tops, t-shirts - Casual sportswear, e.g. sneakers, tracksuits, sweaters - Street wear e.g. mixture of both casual sport wear and casual wear (familiar amongst students)