26 Mar 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.
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.
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.
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 🙂