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.
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)
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