In coastal villages, the men wear the long-waist loins, sandja, made of different forms of cotton textile or embroidered fabrics. It is a loincloth tied around the waist with two overlapping ends on the side. It is usually worn by a long-sleeve shirt with headscarf around the neck or waist.
Popularly called the Grassfield traditional regalia, observers say Toghu garments are colourful and beautiful. The traditional Bamenda garment made with the “Toghu” fabric was used during the opening ceremony of 2012 London Olympic Games by Cameroon’s athletes. Even though in the yesteryears, it was exclusively won by traditional authorities of the North West and West Regions, efforts have been made by a multitude of designers to promote its use in society.
Gandoura is a loose-fitting robe worn in many different regions of Africa. These robes reach to the ankles and are either open at the sides or stitched closed along the edges.It has sleeves that hang loosely over the shoulders and an opening at the front. The same garment is called agbada in Nigeria.
The wrapper or pagne is a colorful women's garment widely worn in Cameroon and in West and Central Africa. They are relatively long and wide pieces of fabric wrapped around the waist or chest. Some also wrap them around the neck. They can be worn either to formal occasions or casual events. The wrappers can range from bold designs/patterns to simple patterns. There are also several textures : Wax, Super Wax, Tie Dye, Batik and more. They have found their way into fashion houses to make dresses, ties, pants, shirts and more.
Which Cameroonian does not marvel at the popularity of the Kaba Ngondo, a bell-shaped female garment, free-flowing from shoulder to knees or ankles which though originated from the coastal Duala and Bakweri tribes, has spread to all regions. It has become the official design during the popular International Women’s Day celebrated every March 8.
Ndop is royal cloth used by the king, his brothers, and the queenmother, either as wrappers or for use as a backdrop. Titled men, and others of high rank, also wear this cloth to assert their status.
This cloth is assembled from many thin strips of plain-woven cotton and then stitched together. The geometric patterns were created by applying cassava starch paste to ensure that some areas of the cloth would remain natural cotton and others turn deep blue when submerged in a vat of indigo dye.