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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1945,11.41

  • Description

    Gown; textile; hand-woven narrow strip cotton hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge. The garment consists of 51 plain weave narrow strips with natural cotton coloured warps and wefts which are sewn into a broad t-shape with flared sleeves. All hems are hand sewn. The garement is decorated with geometric embroidery with cut-work around the neck in brown cotton.

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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 229 centimetres (sleeves fully extended)
    • Length: 100 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Register 1945:
    Gold Coast, Ashanti.

    Register 1945 later addition:
    and Jaman.West African male costume is well known for the agbada or bou-bou robes which are worn by men of high status. The garments are heavily embroidered across the front and back with a large spiral on the back and the ‘knife’ pattern composed of two to eight ‘knives’ on the front (summarised from: Gillow, 2003. ‘African Textiles: Colour and Creativity Across a Continent.’ London.Thames and Hudson).

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1945

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1945,11.41

Garment; tunic; textile; hand-woven narrow strip cotton hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge. The garment consists of 51 plain weave narrow strips with natural cotton coloured warps and wefts which are sewn into a broad t-shape with flared sleeves. All hems are hand sewn. The garement is decorated with geometric embroidery with cut-work around the neck in brown cotton.

Garment; tunic; textile; hand-woven narrow strip cotton hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge. The garment consists of 51 plain weave narrow strips with natural cotton coloured warps and wefts which are sewn into a broad t-shape with flared sleeves. All hems are hand sewn. The garement is decorated with geometric embroidery with cut-work around the neck in brown cotton.

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