AFRICAN TRIBAL COSTUMES



Yoruba
Egungun
Costumes 1

 

YORUBA
Flat Egungun
Costumes

YORUBA
Egungun
Costumes 2

BAMILEKE
Elephant
Masks

IGBO
Costumes




YORUBA
Vests



DOGON / BAMANA
Hunter's Shirts

HAUSA
Men's Robes
 


         

DANCE  SKIRTS

The costumes below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.



MENDE
Costume 1
SOLD

IGBO Spirit Mask and Costume
part of 1998
African Costumes Exhibition

MOSSI
Wan-Zega Mask 1
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

AFRICAN COSTUMES

Every African mask was danced with a costume; sometimes simple raffia or cloth hiding the identity of the dancer, often as with the Yoruba, an elaborate assemblage of textile pieces. African textiles were all articles of clothing; many were costumes denoting rank and status.

The African Costumes Exhibition shows the colorful. textural traditional costumes of the Yoruba, Igbo and Mende peoples, focusing on many varied and elaborate Egungun costumes of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The Egungun association honored spirits of the ancestors and invoked their protection or aid. They were used at funerals and could transmit messages from ancestors to the living. The dancer could look out through the mesh and use rapid swirling movements to swing the cloth strips out horizontally.

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