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Clothing in Liberia

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Generally, in urban areas Liberians are more likely to dress in typical Western style dress (jeans and t-shirts), while in more rural areas Liberians wear more traditional West African attire. Traditionally men wear short or long pants with a loose round-neck shirt. Women traditionally will wear a long wrap skirt called “lappa” and loose top called “bubba”. They may also wear a head wrap. West African clothes are famous for their brightly colored and patterned fabrics.

Liberia is located only 6 degrees north of the equator, making it a hot and humid tropical climate. Travelers should keep this in mind and bring clothing made of breathable, light fabrics, such as cotton and linen, in light colors.

Dress tends to be more conservative in Liberia than in the US and Europe. Shorts are acceptable, but it is best if they reach down to the knees. Women in Liberia always keep their legs covered to their knees. Women should also keep in mind that women’s clothing in West Africa is looser fitting than many Western styles. If planning on visiting Muslim families or communities in Liberia, it is usually best to err on the side of modesty.

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