Nigeria is made up of over 180 tribes that have different ways of dressing for occassions. The three major tribes are Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.
The Gele is a must in Yoruba traditional high fashion. Its usually made out of stiff fabric so it maintains it's shape. It is mostly worn to special occasions especially traditional weddings.
It can be tied in anyway you think is beautiful. Usually the bigger it is the better but the younger generation prefers it smaller.
The Gele is tied in layers with one fabric and its the last piece of clothing worn. Yoruba people can be very flashy so heavy jewelry is always worn when wearing a gele.
For traditional weddings, everyone wears the same fabric (aso ebi) sewn to prersonal preference. The bride is the centre of attraction so usually everything is custom made even to the fan she would use that day.
The traditional wedding lasts for over 3 hours and unlike everyone at the wedding wearing a gele, the bride can't adjust her gele infront of everyone and she also cant afford to look uncomfortable
There is a special chair the couple sits on and it usually looks western or does not even follow the colour scheme because it is rattan. Also the chairs are not designed for someone wearing a gele because its either its too high and the bride can't fully rest her back (because she doesnt want to spoil the gele) or its so low that her back aches.
I am using the gele as an inspiration to design a chair that would be perfect for the long hours spent sitting during the ceremony and would also fit into the traditional decor and color scheme of the ceremony. FOCUS Shape of gele Heavy Ornamentation Layers
stiffened fabric with layer effect
embellishments e.g sequins, rhinestones etc.
Chair can always be reupholstered to fit any colour scheme.
gold crystal ball
GELE CHAIR (BACK)
GELE CHAIR (FRONT)
back spread out so that it does not inconvenience the bride
GELE CHAIR (SIDE)
gele fabric (about 5 - 6 yards) seat
480 - 500
0 - 10 0 90
1700 1400 450
BACK 1000 FRONT
250 100 SIDE