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Someone created epic collages of the Black Panther looks with the traditions that inspired them

February 20, 2018

Still obsessing over the looks from Black Panther? Twitter user Somali Waris Duale (@diasporicblues), as translated by
A Movie Me Disse, made this awesome visual guide to educate folks about the deep roots ‘Black Panther’ costume designer Ruth E. Carter built upon for this incredible film. From Erik Killmonger’s Ibo mask to the woman-led tribe reminiscent of the Himba people of Northern Namibia and their ritual use if red ocher clay to Angela Bassett’s 3D printed (whoa) fluted Zulu hat.

Very cool stuff.

“The lips of the tribes and Surma tribes. The plates or lip discs are a form of ceremonial modification of the body. While many cultures use them, they are best known for the tribes and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia.”


“Zulu hat. Queen Ramonda wears a distinct cap. It is a reminder of Zulu hats or “Isicholos”. Zulu hats are traditionally used by married women for ceremonial celebrations.”


“Many customs have unique and futuristic ornamentation, full of details. These were made honoring styles of the Maasai people. The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania.”


“The Blanket Blanket. In several scenes, w ‘Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and others are shown wearing Basotho blankets around their necks. Although the blankets are originally from the Lesotho people, the drawings are similar to that of the people.”


“Forest Whitaker plays Shaman Zuri, the spiritual leader of Wakanda. He wears ornamental robes known as agbada. This is one of the names of the long sleeve mantle used by men and women in much of West Africa and North Africa.”


“The lips of the tribes and Surma tribes. The plates or lip discs are a form of ceremonial modification of the body. While many cultures use them, they are best known for the tribes and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia.”


“Ibo Mask. In one scene, Erik Killmonger wears a mask. Masks, known as mgbedike, are distinguished by large size and masculine traits highlighted. They are used in the rituals of the Igbo and are designed to contrast with female dancers, who carry more feminine traits.”

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