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Clothing in Democratic Republic of Congo

Traditionally men and women in Congo wore clothes made of raffia. This is only used today though, in special ceremonies. It is much more common to see women wearing long skirts and tops with bold patterns and colors. Headwraps and hats are also popular as fashion and sun protection. Men wear a dashiki-style long shirt, or a button down shirt and long pants. During the Mobutu dictatorship suit jackets and ties were banned, but now Western clothing is common, especially among the upper class men.  

Travelers to the Democratic Republic of Congo should make sure their clothing choices offer them coverage against insect bites. For this reason, it is recommended that travelers bring light long sleeved shirts and pants, closed toed shoes and a good sun hat. If you are traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo during the rainy season be sure to bring a good rain jacket and rain gear as well.

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