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5 Uganda’s traditional attire you’ll love

5 Uganda’s traditional attire you’ll love
Written by See Africa Today

Every culture has some level of pride that people identify with and Uganda’s fashion industry is one of the most interesting. With several tribes; Uganda has a signature attire for each tribe mostly worn during official traditional ceremonies.


Traditional Uganda fashion

One of Uganda’s traditional dresses for women [Photo by HelenClarkUNDP]

Gomesi is the traditional attire for women in the Baganda and Basoga tribes. It is a long dress touching the ground with Triangular-shaped shoulder design, a square neck and some top clothing on one side around the hip area.

A belt is tied around the waist to hold the dress.

Traditional Kanzu

Traditional wedding in Uganda

Kanzu outfit in Buganda during a wedding ceremony, Uganda [Photo by Pinterest]

Made from cotton or silk and usually white or cream; the traditional Kanzu is worn by men from across all regions in Uganda during cultural functions. A trouser or short is worn beneath the Kanzu and a coat to make it complete. Its design makes it different from the Kanzu worn by Muslims.

Grass skirts

Traditional dances in Uganda

Children dancing in hula dance their Ugandan grass skirts to learn to hula dance. [Photo by Rafiki Africa Ministries]

They are traditional dancing dresses for Basoga and Baganda women. They resemble strings of grass blades sewn together and are won when performing Kiganda and Kisoga dances.


Suuti is a three soft-layered garment with a half top and worn over a wrapper skirt and shawl tied around the shoulders popular among women in Western Uganda especially in Banyakole, Bahima and Batooro regions. Different tribes tie the shawl differently. Bayakole people place it across the shoulder while the Batooro tie it around the armpit.


Best outfits in Uganda

A green Kikoy fabric [Photo by Afrizar]

A Kikoy is a garment longer in length and threaded along the hem of the length. The purpose of the thread is to guide you on how to wear it which is usually thrown over the shoulders. It is a side garment for the Suuti and also for Gomesi.


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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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