Tiv traditional weaver
TIV TRADITIONAL ATTIRE
There are many types of Tiv traditional attires worn today. Each designed specifically for a different occasion. The most popular of them is the A'nger. The Tiv people are uniquely identified by their black and white native attire which they proudly adorn themselves with anywhere they are found at home or abroad.
Beside the A'nger there is also the Tugudu cloth, which is used strictly for burying dead ones. The Ivvavtyo, which is mostly worn by women, and many other other brands of fabrics like the Lishi, Gbev-whaa, Godo, Gurugu, Chado, Deremen and Gbagir. The technique of weaving depends on a simple technology that is slow but efficient for its needs and does not take more than one person to weave, dye and package for sale. It is a highly respected industry which has created a local economy for the people. Although the clothes are now done in the cities like Makurdi, the Benue State capital for easy accessibility by lovers of the native fabric, the traditional Tiv settlements remain important places where trading takes place because many buyers believe the best qualities are the ones made in these communities.
Traditionally, the A’nger fabric (black and white stripes) is used for important occasions like political meetings, church service as well as burial ceremonies and weddings. According to sources the black color signifies that the Tiv people have their roots as black people from Africa while the white signifies peace, loving and accommodating.’ Another way of viewing the black and white features of A’nger is in terms of the peaceful nature of the Tiv people in general. In this way, the black and white symbolically represent the nature of the zebra in the wild. A zebra in the animal kingdom is one among the most peaceful, harmless and beautiful looking animal. The Tiv people are naturally peace loving and hardworking wherever they find themselves.
The colors also symbolize honesty and sincerity in speaking or dealing with issues.
Apart from the various Tiv clothing, the Tiv people also have a bag called "Kpaabor" and a pruning shear added to its cultural attire. The bag signifies a leader that can take responsibility for and bear all things.
A Tiv dancer wearing A'nger and holding Tsa Nyinya(Horse Tail).