Our weekends are never complete without stunning gowns from these designers redefining traditional wedding gowns.
“Traditional dress may be defined as the ensemble of garments, jewelry, and accessories rooted in the past that is worn by an identifiable group of people”, according to the encyclopaedia.
This means every group of people have their distinct traditional outfits that define who they are. In Ghana, you would see most brides adorned in traditional wear made out of woven kente (which is very common) with others opting for lace fabric either as the main outfit or a second dress, or an African inspired print(which is rare in recent times).
A typical Ghanaian bride will wear her kente as a full gown or dress or in a form of a skirt and top which many normally refer to as ‘kaba and slit’. In other instances, the gown may be styled and wrapped depending on which tribe the bride belongs to.
The outfit could fully be embellished with beads, pearls, crystals, or Swarovskis depending on your choice and budget.
Today, the kente has become the norm now with designers going all out to bring their A-Game when they have to. From your choice of design, colours, patterns and style, you can work with your designer to bring your idea to life or you can give them the creative freedom to conceptualise something unique for you.
For any would-be bride either in Accra or Kumasi looking for options for their big day, here are our top 16 Ghanaian traditional gown designers to consider.
HOUSE OF PAON
AFRIKEN BY NANA
HOUSE OF OATH
Is there any one you feel didn’t make the list but deserve to be here? Drop their names in the comment section below.
Written by Faith Senam