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The Early Colonial Period and the Twenty

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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Different  aspects  of  Igbo  culture,  especially  fashion  have  been  in  a  state  of  flux  since the  colonial  times.  Much  of  what  constituted  the  ancient  Igbo  material  culture  could not  survive  the  colonial  period.  For  instance,  traditional  Igbo  fashion  which  promoted nudity,  body  ornamentation,  title  regalia  and  decorative  hairdos  among  others  have been  somewhat  eroded  by  foreign  influences.  Though  handful  of  scholars  and  artists have  prolonged the memories of some  fashion items or style through their  literary  and creative  works,  greater  percentage  of  the  younger  generation  of  the  Igbo  seem completely  ignorant  of  the  forms  and  functions  of  what  should  have  been  Igbo  cultural heritage.  The  contemporary  voguish  fashion  of  the  Igbos  is  patterned  after  western styles.  This  paper  not  only  exhumes  some  outmoded  Igbo  fashion  but  also  attempts  a succinct  comparative  analysis  of  forms  and  significances  of  the  early  colonial  period and  the  twenty-first  century  Igbo  fashion.  This  is  done  in  order  to  briefly  highlight  the formal  and  functional  distinctiveness  of  the  two  modes  as  well  as  the  changes  in  fashion and struggles over identity in Igboland.  
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