In mordern times, African tradition is losing a lot of meaning with the extraction and merging of pop western culture. A lot of times we emulate our own traditions without understanding what it means, but for the mere fact of its beauty.
Here in Ghana, it’s been years since I saw or heard someone talk about the meaning of a particular kente pattern and how that influences the style of an outfit. In this day and age, it’s whatever looks beautiful is what is being worn.
This goes for many other cultures, Although, newly wedded Xhosa bride and groom Lerato Seane and J Subadan isn’t letting style trump over her culture, as she understands her culture is style. We have covered the monochrome beauty and style of Xhosa brides in the past as seen below.
However, in amazing images taken by wedding photographer @Photosbyreem, he curates the meaning of each garment and why it is essentially worn during their wedding. Read below and see the images further down.
The Bride’s parents are from Johannesburg, South Africa and her mother’s tribe is Xhosa. It was very important to the couple to honor her culture.
The tartan blanket worn around the shoulder of the Bride symbolizes the protective and nurturing qualities the Bride adds to the family.
The black doek wrapped around the head of the Bride shows respect for her elders.
The scarf covering her waistline serves to protect her fertility.
Xhosa men wear strands of beaded necklaces on special occasions. The Groom’s look is meant to complement the Bride.
See the beauty below.