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Wrap Fold Tie

01 Sep 2007

Wrap Fold Tie

How do you wear a gomezi?

Unworn, the gomezi is a six meter long piece of material. The only tailoring is the shoulders, the collar, trim and the two buttons that tie the front.

A woman puts her arms into the shoulders as if putting on a smock at the hairdressers. She holds the material out in front of her and pulls it across the left side of her body and ties the two buttons to secure the front. She then folds the material like a fan, backwards and forwards until she has a long column of folds that must end under her armpit. She presses this column against her body holding it in place with her upper left arm. She manoeuvres to tie the sash (kitambala) around her waste to keep the dress pulled together. The folds fall over the sash neatly as shown in this picture.

Some foreigners remark with surprise on the size of women putting on a gomezi. Women look larger than life. The gomezi glorifies and accentuates the buttocks and hips. Alone, a gomezi canít do this. The trick behind this is that the women are wearing a long kikoy material wrapped around them like underskirts and cleverly folding extra material over the buttocks.


Other photos in this collection

Hold carefully

Hold carefully

Patterns

Patterns

Varieties of colour and pattern

Varieties of colour and pattern

Full Lenght Gomezi

Full Lenght Gomezi

A Special Hug

A Special Hug

A purer style

A purer style

Respect for the large lady

Respect for the large lady

Women's Daily Wear

Women's Daily Wear

The bride in her gomezi

The bride in her gomezi

A Special Gomezi

A Special Gomezi

Peaked Shoulders of Baganda Dress

Peaked Shoulders of Baganda Dress

Jewellery for a Gomezi

Jewellery for a Gomezi

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