Please tell me more about Yoruba bridal trunks/trousseau – Brynda from Diaspora

September 28, 2013

Yoruba Engagement aso oke

Dear Readers,

Below is a letter from a Sister in Diaspora.  If you also have suggestions, please write to Brynda through the ‘Comments’ Box and it will get to her. 

Thanks, TOLA.

Hi – I have learned a lot about Yoruba by reading your blog!
You seem very knowledgable about Yoruba beliefs and customs. I am interested in learning more about the wedding trunk that the groom presents to the bride. You mentioned it is traditionally made of brass and wood among other things. Might you please say if one of these trunks could also be covered in colorful cloth with decorative brass and lined with velvet inside? I have a picture.
I recently bought at auction a unit containing traditional ceremonial dress items. These things are very much like the wedding attire found at Except Dupsies does not have beads and sequins like these ones have on them. These things are all native to Nigeria. I know this due to the papers, pictures, and passports that I returned to the auction facility.
Anyhow, I thought you might be able to help me learn more about such things. If you have a few moments to share I would be most grateful!
Thank you, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013.   8:50 a.m. [GMT]


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One Comment on “Please tell me more about Yoruba bridal trunks/trousseau – Brynda from Diaspora”

  1. emotan77 Says:

    Dear Brynda,

    Thanks for your mail and for finding my blog useful tool on Yoruba beliefs and culture.

    Listen, I believe you can do whatever you like in creating a unique trunk that reflects your taste and likes! Cultures, even if ancient, cannot be static and the idea of lining or covering a bridal trunk in colorful cloth seems attractive!

    Your interest should also be a lesson to those of us who may have taken these things for granted. Someone suggested I post retail outlets of Yoruba aṣọ oke worldwide on the blog. I agree it would be very useful but as this is a leisurely and generally non-commercial blog, it would take time as I would want to ensure only outfits that would not take people’s money and run would be featured.




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