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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.
Length: 100 centimetres
Width: 229 centimetres (sleeves fully extended)
- Curator's comments
Gold Coast, Ashanti.
Register 1945 later addition:
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).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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