HAMILL TRIBAL TEXTILES
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HAUSA, MENS ROBES, Nigeria
Created from strip-woven cotton cloth similar to Yoruba Ashoke, these were joined, then embroidered in the traditional patterns such as "eight knives" , and several other elements including the numerous eyelets called "a thousand ant holes". These garments would have been used for special occasions. They can be worn, the backs are decorated as well, or displayed by hanging.
The robes were photographed hanging on a straight rod, which kept some, especially 13, 17 and 22, from hanging flat or fully stretched out. Condition reports on individual pages refer mostly to bleeding of the idigo dye into the white areas, discoloration and split seams, all the result of some use, washing or mishandling.
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