While this is not Yoruba’s idea of pakájà – a grand male clothing item that is a big wrapper thrown on top of gbarìyẹ̀, this lovely young lady reminds me of an informal dressing style for boys and girls in my corner of Nigeria’s Yorubaland – [minus the leggings, of course] early mornings during harmattan time. After the turn around the neck, the wrapper used for night cover – aṣọ ìbora – would go all the way down as much as the fabrics could accommodate for quick outings like hunting esunsun, et cetera. The leggings, stiletto shoes and pocket book, though, are beautiful modern additions.
The more things change as has been shown on this blog on dressing for women in Yorubaland, the more they tend to remain the same.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015. Noon [GMT]