Did you know that in Uganda, where I was born, men wear a long white, ankle length garment called a kanzu (caan-zoo), which has maroon embroidery called omulela around the collar, abdomen and sleeves?

The kanzu is traditionally worn during special occasions including the kwanjula – introduction (aka traditional wedding), burials, weddings, visiting the Royal family etc and is usually worn with a sports coat except during burials. The kanzu was initially introduced into Uganda by Arab traders during the 1800’s and for a few years, it was imported as an Arabic robe before being adopted and adapted by the Ugandans.

Learn something new everyday…


Enjoy this photo from a recent wedding I shot in Kampala, Uganda.

Kampala, Uganda | Kanzu Traditional Wedding Attire Petronella Photography




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