A dive into Somali culture..

A while back my friends, Rania and Antonia had the privilege of attending Rania’s cousin’s Somali wedding. After stalking them on snap chat, I was blown away by the fashion and culture of Somali weddings prompting me to invite them as guests for this particular post.

A little chat with Rania gave me some insight on their beautiful and rich culture. Somali weddings are a chance for family and friends to come together and celebrate with amazing food, music and fashion. Some ceremonies are spread out to two or three days depending on the time, preference and finances. The first is a marriage ceremony called Nikkah which is performed by an Imam, witnesses and the father (or guardian who is giving away the girl). Family and friends are also present. After this, they are considered married and the rest of the ceremonies are a celebration of that. This ceremony is attended by all men. The next ceremony is attended by all women depending on the couple. Mixing sexes in weddings happens though most people prefer to separate them because of their religion.

Now onto my favorite part the fashion!!! Opportunities to go all out on hair, make up and clothes don’t come often in Somali culture. Therefore, weddings are a chance to look unique, fancy and drop dead gorgeous. The women wear a Dirac which a Somali traditional dress that is long, sheer, colorful and sparkly dress. They love gold both in color and jewelry, the colors red and purple seem to be in. The number one goal is to stand out, wearing a dirac that no one else has or seen before. Although, for the bridesmaids, what they wear depends on the preferences of the bride and the wedding theme. The bride and bridal party have a number of options which include a modern white wedding gown for the bride and then change into a cultural wedding dirac. Married women wear head scarves called shash as part of the culture and cover their upper bodies with a shawl called a garbasaar. The younger and unmarried women do not cover their heads constantly. The underskirt called a gorgorad is made out of silk and is key to giving the outfit oomph and extra shine. The diracs are tied a specific way on the waist to display the decoration on the underskirt.

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Rania went with a dazzling and stunning, purple silk dirac. I loved the hints of gold embroidery that made the outfit more eye-popping and bright. She added a purple shash in a few of the shots to display the conservative aspects of their culture.

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Antonia went with a knockout and elegant, purple cotton  dirac. She added a stunning garbasaar that matched the dirac perfectly. The silver decoration on her gorgorad ( my favorite part)gave the whole outfit an extra appealing and exquisite pop.

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Syrup Photography

Rania: Dirac – stall in Eastleigh, Heels – an online store

Antonia: Dirac – stall in Eastleigh, Heels – In style

(You can get any dirac in any style, color and fabric from Eastleigh.)

Stay Saucy 🙂

 

 

16 Comments
  • Rania
    Posted at 13:10h, 26 March Reply

    So lovely 🙂 Such a great day this was. Loads of fun too! I can’t believe how beautiful the photos have turned out to be! Excellent work y’all. Keep it up and stay saucy! -;)

  • Sweeryloove
    Posted at 17:19h, 26 March Reply

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This is beaurfl!!too much beauty indeed. Lovely work guys y’all stunning

  • charles
    Posted at 10:42h, 27 March Reply

    I love it girls. Next time give us a taste of the men fashion

    • Tiffany Kendi
      Posted at 08:34h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Charles… Men’s fashion coming soonnnn!!!!

  • Florence mbugua
    Posted at 11:56h, 27 March Reply

    Learning a bit of Somali culture. Refreshing beautiful dirac!❤

    • Tiffany Kendi
      Posted at 08:35h, 28 March Reply

      Thanks Florence I found the culture and dressing beautiful too…

  • Sheila
    Posted at 11:17h, 28 March Reply

    ❤❤❤❤ stunning

  • shishi
    Posted at 17:50h, 28 March Reply

    stunning!!!!!

  • Thea
    Posted at 10:15h, 12 April Reply

    Beautiful and informative writing. I might just go shopping for a Dirac!!!

    • Tiffany Kendi
      Posted at 10:28h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you.. personally it’s the most rich post I’ve written

  • Bbe
    Posted at 23:10h, 24 May Reply

    I want a dirac omg. Please where to shop it online. Your are slaying girls

    • Tiffany Kendi
      Posted at 09:46h, 05 June Reply

      Thanks girl. The Diracs were bought in Eastleigh, there are numerous shops with a wide variety.

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