The mushanana or mishanana(plural) is a traditional ceremonial garment worn by women in East Africa, mainly in Rwanda, Burundi, and some regions of Uganda. It frequently consists of a wraparound skirt with a ribbon draped over one shoulder that covers the tank top, camisole or bustier.
This Traditional feminine attire, which has its origins in Rwanda, is often won by ladies from the western area. Three layers make up the Mushnana, which consists of a tiny top worn over a wrapper skirt and a shawl knotted across the shoulders.
It is made up of a bustier, a long skirt that is gathered at the hips, and a stole that is slung over one shoulder. To enhance the draping look, the fabric, which can be any color, is often lightweight.
In both Rwanda and Burundi, mushanana is currently exclusively worn for formal and ceremonial events like weddings, church services, or funerals, as well as by traditional dancers.
Mushanana For Men
Men wear their Mushanana during ceremonial events like weddings, funerals, and even church services much like ladies do. In addition to their mushanana, Rwandan males also wear a white shirt tucked into a floor-length skirt. a beaded walking stick and a black and white beaded choker.
Bridal Mushanana Attires
In East Africa, women wear mushananas as their wedding attire. The bridal mushanana is often worn over a tank top or bustier and is made up of a wraparound skirt that is gathered at the hips and a sash that is thrown over one shoulder. Although the cloth used for Mushanana can be of any color, it is frequently gauzy and airy to give the illusion of flowing apparel.
The bride and her bridal train all put on the mushanana, however, there could be a slight color difference to distinguish the bride from her friends. When properly accessorized, the mushanana is always stunning to see.