Tulip Style Iro and Buba
The Modern Day Iro and Buba: Nigeria's newest Fashion Trend
Iro [ee-roe] and Buba [boo-bah] has been part of West African culture/fashion for decades. Iro is like a wrap skirt, also called wrapper. And Buba is the top. Iro and Buba is traditionally sewn using Ankara or Embroidered Lace Fabric.. But recently, people have been sewing it using Silk or Chiffon fabric, which makes the style more modern. And there's also a new way to tie the Iro to make it a Tulip Style Wrap.
The first time I saw the "modern" Iro and Buba was from Folake Folarin-Coker, owner and designer at Tiffany Amber Nigeria.. This was way before I started sewing. Folake had them is various vibrant colors, which made them stand out and unique looking. They were beautiful.. (pic below)
This is a trend I have decided to be a part of.. Usually I try to do my own thing and not follow trends, but I couldn't resist. I was never a fan of the traditional Iro and Buba, to be honest. I always feel like an old lady whenever I wear it. And my mom used to force me to wear them. Lol.. So I'm glad someone thought of a more hip way to wear it.
Over the weekend I decided to give it a try and make myself one. I went to Joann Fabric and purchased this gorgeous Vert Brush Black and Red Crepe fabric (Similar Here & Here). I used Vogue 8984 (V8984), view B, as the Buba (Top). And for the Iro (wrapper), I cut 2 yards of fabric and hemmed the Cut-Ends so that it won't fray.
Shout Out to Puksies Wardrobe for this awesome video tutorial on how to tie the Tulip Style Iro.