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Women's Daily Wear

22 Mar 2007

Women's Daily Wear

A month after the marriage, a woman will take part in a home coming ceremony where she will cook for her parents in law, showing them her knowledge traditional food preparation. During this ceremony she will be given three special gifts, a traditional knife, a njulu basket and a gomezi. Each is symbolic of the life of a married woman, the knife to peel matoke, the traditional banana staple, the basket for preparing food for the family and the gomezi, a symbol of womanhood and of the tribe.

Once married a woman is expected to dress less like a girl and more like a modest woman and the gomezi in a lot of settings becomes the dominant clothing. Before marriage a girl would only wear a gomezi at a Kwanjula ceremony and she may fumble and struggle to tie it. Now as a wife she will be able to fold and tie with ease and unaided by aunties and mothers.

It goes without saying that a woman wearing a gomezi in her daily life will not choose flamboyant shiny material or wear the sash which will make daily tasks virtually impossible. She will pick dull muted fabric and she will not fold and wrap using a sash. In fact the folds worn at ceremonies will vanish and the gomezi will be tied with a piece of string or an old tie.

Sometimes at occasions that don’t warrant the full on gomezi, women will put on their ‘smartest’ daily wear gomezi like NN here who is welcoming guests that have come to her friends home.


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

Wrap Fold Tie

Wrap Fold Tie

Respect for the large lady

Respect for the large lady

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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