I have always been fascinated by any type of ceremonial costume. The idea that something or someone can be celebrated by wearing a lively costume and partaking in a ritual is meaningful and supports tradition, which is important to a lot of communities throughout the world. The Yoruba people of Nigeria have some of the most beautiful and fascinating masked costumes that are a work of art. The textures, fabrics, and colors are invigorating and powerful. I wish I owned one, or better yet was able to witness a Yoruba masquerade. Read more about it here.
Please forgive me for not remembering where these photos came from.