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Origin Of Toghu; The Prestigious Cameroonian Regalia

The toghu is a traditional outfit very popular in Cameroon. Indeed, it was worn by members of royalty (men and women).

It is usually sported during weddings, feasts investitures of chiefdoms and festivals.

Very proud of their traditions and customs, the Cameroonians of the North-West region wear elegantly and refinement the cultural dress “toghu. ” Toghu is a multicolored finely embroidered outfit. It is a black velvet fabric, heavy and resistant to wear.

Tugh was a cloth, tissue bought from Calabar and stitched in a particular style to suit the taste and culture of these people.

Origin of the Tugh or Toghu Cultural Wear

Designed and sewn for both men and women and as well as children.

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Interesting, the fabric is called Ndep in Ndop particular in the people of Bamessing. Again, the Toghu has a different name in every tribe that wears the traditional regalia Cameroon’s Traditional Regalia: The TUGH

One of the first tailors prominent for the design of Tugh in Nkwen a village in Bamenda was Pa Logh at Mile 2 Nkwen.

Some of the first people who wore Toghu in Nkwen were people like Pa Awambeng Nforngwen, his brother T Njem-Ncheh.

Also, you had people like Ta Taniform Nkembah who worked in Nigeria, especially in Calabar.

Then the traders of tissues (wrappers) like Ta Azeh Kongo, Tah Nkwenti Taghem, Tangie James Mbawa amongst others.

Today, this regalia has been modernized by using different types of coloured thread and calico materials for a more contemporary taste; The fabric is usually handmade and also tailored. This is called marking.

Today, the designs are numerous and prices differ according to their marking.

Everywhere you can see Afugh-Kom Foundation producing and selling them. Samples of the earlier Tugh print pieces can be seen only in pictures which can be found in the village library .

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