Cameroon’s Most Unique Traditional Wear
Traditionally, royalty in the Northwest both men and women wear colorful and intricately embroidered outfits called Atoghu. The ‘toghu’ or ‘atoghu is Cameroon’s most unique cultural attire. Cameroon is culturally diversified with over 250 ethnic groups with multiple customs and traditions. Each group has its own unique custom and tradition that adds more color to Cameroonian culture.
The North West region being one of the most popular regions prides ownership of the “toghu”. Fashionably, it is well-known for its unique, colorful handmade embroidery and hard-wearing. The distinctive costume is based on plain black velvet material. What makes it stand out amongst other cultural attires from Cameroon and Africa? On a whole, it is the rich multicolored hand embroidery usually around the neck, sleeve, and finish of the costume.
The Toghu Cultural Attire
The “Toghu” is noticeable, one of the most popular traditional wears in Cameroon. No doubt it was worn by the countries athletic team in London 2012 to represent the Olympic team.
In recent years, the “toghu” which was previously most seen or worn in traditional celebrations has been reinvented. Fashion brands like Liiber London & Kibonen NY have given the heavy woven fabric a modern twist.
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Their designs and those of other Cameroonian designers have now given the North West region dynamic identity and more wearability. Also, the solid construction /hand-sewn accents give the “toghu” a solid sense of style and sure to get the wearer noticed.
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