Red Coral Beads and Akwa Ocha: My cousin’s Delta-Igbo traditional wedding

igbo 1So my beautiful cousin and my namesake, yes her name is also Isioma, got married this past weekend with her traditional wedding ceremony. There is absolutely nothing I love best than traditional weddings and maybe I am biased, but I think we Delta-Igbos of Nigeria, know how to do it best. From our Akwa Ocha (White Cloth) to our love for those red ceremonial coral beads which signifies royalty, lord knows we know how to marry our own well. Take a look at these pictures and you be the judge.
igbo 3igbo 2igbo 6Just a brief bio: Akwa-ocha is the distinguishing cloth of Anioma people, and it reflects our cultural aesthetics and taste. It goes beyond a mere textile to reflect a people’s social identity. Akwa ocha is an expensive cloth; hence, it is worn on grand and festive ocassions by both women and men. The number and variety of designs a woman has in her collection is a indication of her wealth and status in the society. Akwa ocha is best accessorized with coral beads of varying colors, sizes and designs. Here are some more pictures, this with some of her friends and of course her husband. Pictures courtesy of Genesis Paparazzi.
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