Gorgeous, gorgeous and more gorgeousness!! A very good morning NW Lovers! We are pleased to present to you, the Kalabari, Ijaw or Rivers bride, whichever word you’d like to use to describe them. We can’t get enough of their traditional wedding day attire, and we are sharing 20 stunning ideas in it’s FULL glory with you all! Ijaw (also known by the subgroups “Ijo” or “Izon”) are a collection of peoples indigenous mostly to the forest regions of the Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers States within the Niger Delta in Nigeria.
We absolutely love the Kalabari traditional wedding attire, most especially the chunky white coral beads worn by the brides are absolutely breathtaking! The crowns also come in different styles, design and ofcourse colors, we have a green below to show for it, and ofcourse some really creative designs too….enjoy!
The typical Ijaw traditional marriages in Kalabari society occur in three forms: Iya, Igwa, and Waribiobesime. Iya is the most lawful and highest form of Kalabari marriages and divorce is not permitted and the offspring belong to the man’s house. In Igwa (a lesser form of marriage than the Iya), the children belong to the woman’s house and divorce is permitted. While an Igwa marriage can be converted into Iya, the reverse is not permissible. Waribiobesime is the marriage between members of the same house who are not blood relations.