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Sierra Leone

Frederick John Lamp

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Dress in Sierra Leone and the surrounding region differs according to whether it is worn in everyday life or on celebratory occasions and whether it is worn among special classes of people, such as chiefs, hunters, and various ethnocultural groups. Dress that has emerged from indigenous design is most distinctive, whether worn by adults or, in miniature version, by children. Sierra Leoneans also wear Western-style clothes. Traditionally, nudity was common.

Liberia

Jane Martin

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Liberian dress and fashion in the twenty-first century is based on a heritage from indigenous African societies, from returned African Americans and their descendants, and from the mixed communities that developed throughout nearly two centuries. The dress codes of those who governed Liberia were derived from the southern United States. Western dress was the dress of choice. In the later twentieth century, lappa suits, boubous, and Vai shirts indicated the increased engagement of Liberia with oth

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