Reading stories about culture from different bloggers is mesmerizing. It made me wish I was a bird, at least once in a lifetime, to fly all over the world and taste the food flavors, the dances, and everything in between. I wrote about hairstyles in traditional  Rwanda, today I will  tell you about accessories.

Headpiece: Ibyanganga

From the times of Queen Gicanda to present day girls, ibyanganga is still a go to piece.

These are two sticks worn on the temples held by two straps across the forehead: one strap below the forehead and another on the hairline. It was worn by ladies of the court during royal occasions. Queens also wore a more embellished version of this and currently, in modern Rwanda, it’s now worn by brides and traditional dancers. Creative artists have even started to redesign this remarkable piece. On a simple occasions, women put on a one or two strap(s) headpiece without ibyanganga. Me particularly, I wear it on special occasions like Christmas, Easter or any other regal event. (PS: that’s me on the cover picture with one a one strap headpiece)

Neckalce: Inigi

These were made in beads and depending on how creatively it was made, it could be worn differently. One can wear it as a necklace, a bracelet and waistband. The colors used in making them differed too. Men wore necklaces made of big sized beads of red and white colors; whereas women wore those in white and blue.

"Accessories are important and becoming more and more important every day. They can completely change the look of an outfit, and women like the idea of having a wardrobe that's versatile. For instance, a strong piece of jewelry can make a simple outfit look elegant." ~ Giorgio Armani

Bridal images courtesy of Inzuki Designs

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2 Comments

  1. Takudzwanashe June 23, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article.

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  2. Amanda June 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Watching from nearby in Uganda, I love everything about the Rwandese cultural outfits, there’s a certain grace and simplicity about them. This headpiece is something I just need to have. Thank you for reminding me about what I need with this write up, Annie..

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