Season 2 Episode 16

The cultural heritage of Botswana isn’t complete without analysing the traditional clothing that they wear. The traditional clothing of Botswanians is mainly made from animal skin products but with the introduction of colonization in the country, the clothing is now been influenced to western clothing.

Botswana is inhabited by a majority of Tswana tribe which the name BOTSWANA is derived from meaning ‘Land of the Tswana people’. This has greatly influenced the clothing of the people of this country.

Attires made from animal skin and quantity as well as quality is greatly influenced by social stratification, gender and age.

Traditional Clothing of Men

The traditional outfit of men is called Tshega which is a blanket made from animal skin (Kaross)  and is worn on the loin region with a cap made from animal skin with sandals and belts. Ornamental items such as beads, necklaces, armlets are also worn on the body.

Tswana males putting on Tshega

Traditional Clothing of Women

The traditional attire of Botswana women is known as Khiba, a skirt with a Mosese, a blanket made from animal skin (Kaross) which is worn to cover the upper part of the body.

Ornamental objects are been worn by women such as necklaces, bracelets, armlets, rings, earrings. Nursing mothers make use of a skin clothing called Thari which is used to carry babies on their backs.

Written and edited by Ebenezer Oladokun

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