A community of Bantu speakers in rural Kenya have redesigned the olden ways of marriage attire by replacing veils with face masks inspired by the Spanish hit series La Casa De Papel, widely known as Money Heist.
Marriage ceremony is one of the most honoured and sacred tradition in most African cultures. Today, these ceremonies may incorporate both traditional and foreign practices including Christian or Islamic cultural practices.
While most marriage ceremonies in Africa begin with the introduction between the groom and bride, some communities in Kenya have a way different procedure. When a man is about to marry, he informs the elders, who are traditional keepers, the elders then begin the marriage procedures in which the groom is introduced to veiled fertile women and has to pick one for marriage. These women are dressed in fine and colourful traditional attire, after the groom picks up the bride, the elders then finalise the wedding procedures.
In this ethnic community in western Kenya for instance, has redesigned the dressing attire and adopted a new style and fashion inspired by Money Heist. The brides are seen wearing Dali masks and covered by red flannel fabrics mimicking the resistance dressing code in Money Heist.
The Netflix original series has not only won many hearts among film geeks in the world, but has also printed a special place in Kenya after featuring the great African city, Nairobi, as a character that was performed by Spanish actress, Alba Flores.