The Edo Kingdom of Benin is one of the best known of the precolonial kingdoms on the Guinea Coast of West Africa renowned for their art of brass and ivory and for their complex political organization with classy traditional wedding ceremonies.
The rich culture of Edo state is evident in the beautiful, elaborate attire of the Edo bride. She is a showstopper, generously decked in coral beads on a backdrop of fabric.
She wears beaded anklets, waist beads, and bracelets around her wrist called the “Ivie-ebo”, earrings called “Emi-ehorivie” and a cape called “Ewu-ivie” made entirely of beads.
The Edo bride is a queen who must have her crown, an intricately beaded piece of art called “Okuku”. Traditionally, her hair is put up in a high bun called “Eto-okuku” and the beads are sewn directly onto the hair. But these days, the bride can skip the process and get an already made “Okuku”.
However, with increase in stunning Edo bridal fashion collections and illustrations, the bride can now wear extremely gorgeous dresses made with Edo custom fabrics with touch of modernity and still depict the richness in their culture.
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More importantly, the coral beads and hair-do makes the Edo bride stand out amongst other brides and look like the princess that she really is.
Below are 10 Classy Edo bridal styles that you can muse on for your Edo traditional wedding.
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