Photographs © Tim Hamill
Man's Robe 10
66" wide x 53" high
Created from strip-woven cotton cloth, Hausa robes 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.
This robe is a newer form, with appliqued cloth, machine stiched on, to imitate the old robes. There is a small stain 1/4 of the way up on the front and back, and a long stain on the bottom half of the back.
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