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Clothing in Guinea

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Guinea is a country located in West Africa. It is a predominately Muslim community. People in Guinea dress similar to other countries in West Africa. The clothing tends to be loose and conservative, though specific clothing styles vary depending on ethnicity. Traditionally men wear long loose gowns or robes over loose pants that are tapered at the mid calf. Though now it is common to see men in long pants and a t-shirt or light long sleeved shirt. Women wear long dresses or loose tops with long skirts, often with colorful patterns on them. It is common for women to wear a head wrap and for men to wear a hat.

Travelers to Guinea should pack loose, conservative clothing. Women should be sure midriffs and thighs are covered by clothing. Skirts that go below the knee, long dresses and long pants are all reasonable choices for women. Men should bring light long pants. Shorts are not commonly worn. It  is helpful to bring polo shirts or button down shirts. People will expect you to dress more formally than just a t-shirt. Be sure to bring sturdy walking shoes or sandals and a good hat.

Cheap used clothes can be found in markets or you can buy local material and take it to a local tailor to get a new outfit.

A female farmer in Guinea

A group of men and women in Guinea

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After traveling on her own for three or four years, Chaya met up with Wade Shepard, the editor of VagabondJourney.com. They were married in 2009, and continue to travel the world together with their young daughter. From time to time Chaya blogs about family travel and life on the road. has written 102 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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