A gomesi, also known as a Busuuti or Bodingi, is a colorful floor-length dress. It is the most commonly used costume for women in most parts of Uganda. The gomesi has had many changes in its uses and design since its origination.

It’s unfortunate that very few tailors can produce a nice-looking gomesi. It is from this background that Kagadi Institute of Science and Technology decided to make Gomesi production one of the modules to be trained to students offering fashion and design.  

The gomesi is a floor-length, brightly colored cloth dress with a square neckline and short, puffed sleeves. The dress is tied with a sash placed below the waist over the hips. The Gomesi has two buttons on the left side of the neckline. Most gomesi are made of silk, cotton, satin, polyester, or linen fabric, with silk being the most expensive.  The gomesi is often made of bright, colorful fabrics with the addition of shoulder pads. A kikooyi or kanga is tied underneath the linen gomesi to ensure that the fabric does not stick to the body. This fabric sash is typically 3 to 4 meters long, and it helps hold the outfit together while defining the woman’s feminine shape. A well-made Gomesi can require up to six meters of cloth.