Culture Study 001

Agbada Dress - Yoruba
Western Nigeria



The agbada dress also finds commonalities with other outfittings produced and worn for centuries by men and women in differents regions of Western Africa. For example one can recall the boubou, from the Wolof word mbubb, babban riga in Hausa, k'sa or gandora from the Tuareg, darra'a in Maghrebi Arabic, grand boubou described so mostly in French speaking countries like Mali, Benin, or Cote d'Ivoire. There's also a common English name for it, simply called the gown. Whereas the women wear their own version, which is also known as a m'boubou or kaftan.


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