This article is spotlighting the beautiful culture of brides from Edo State, in the south south of the Nigeria. Edo is home to many ethnic groups, including Bini, Akoko-Edo and Esan.
Edo brides are known for their elaborate beaded bridal wear – complete with a crown and accessories. The hair – the most important part of the look, is made into a high bun hairstyle known as Eto-Okuku, typically created with black gel. Coral beads are then sewn into the hair or extensions in to the form of a crown, called Okuku. Many brides buy wigs ready made with the hair and crown.
The coral bead accessories accentuate the regal look. Beaded necklaces are called ivie-uru, hand beads – ivie-ebo, earrings – emi-ehorivie, a beaded clutch – ekpa-ivie and a poncho like cape/beaded top called ewu-ivie. Many also wear slippers or shoes covered with beads.
For the complete look, brides wear different fabrics of wrappers – some wear embellished George, some opt for velvet or lace of different colours – anything looks great with beads.
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Brides made up by Osamu of Beauty Matters – Instagram
Vivacious Tolu – Wedding Video
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Hope you were inspired today!
If you would like to see the vendors like MUAs and for beads, click on the full wedding links near the bride’s photos.
We are adding a trusted vendor page soon – in the meantime, feel free to refer bead vendors and hairdressers for the Eto-Okuku in the comments.
xoxo – Ink
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