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gown

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1925,1125.3

  • Description

    Kusaibi gown made from 14 narrow strips of cotton hand-woven on a narrow loom and dyed indigo; hand sewn together. Plain weave; dyed indigo warps and wefts. The garment has two large holes for the wearer's arms and a small hole for the head which is hemmed. There is extensive embroidery in dyed cotton and wool over the front and back of the robe in a variety of geometric patterns in white, blue, red and pink. There is also a small amount of appliqué around the neck and on the front and back of the item in fulled red dyed cotton. The decoration on the sleeves is in four clear bands in a diamond/ square based pattern whilst the centre of the robe on front and back has defined decorative panels. FRONT: The front of the garment is decorated in geometric cream embroidery with tightly woven cotton red appliqué edging the collar. There is also a central circular panel which forms a square pocket and is decorated with an embroidered star. BACK: The back of the item is decorated with a cross and triangle motif in pink, blue and cream embroidery with a small amount of tightly woven cotton red appliqué edging the collar. On both front and back there is evidence of repair in the form of patching using a more finely woven printed cotton.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 183 centimetres (fully extended)
    • Length: 101 centimetres
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Good: Stable and complete with evidence of past wear.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1925

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1925,1125.3

Robe made from slim strips of cotton woven on a narrow loom and dyed indigo. The garment has two large holes for the wearer’s arms and a small hole for the head. The base of the garment is predominantly open to allow the wearer to put on the garment.     There is extensive embroidery in cotton and wool over the front and back of the robe in a variety of geometric patterns in white, blue, red and pink. There is also a small amount of appliqué around the neck and on the front and back of the item. The decoration on the sleeves is in four clear ands on the sleeves of the robe whilst the centre of the robe has a defined decorative panel.    On both front and back there is evidence of repair in the form of patching using a more finely woven printed cotton.

Robe made from slim strips of cotton woven on a narrow loom and dyed indigo. The garment has two large holes for the wearer’s arms and a small hole for the head. The base of the garment is predominantly open to allow the wearer to put on the garment. There is extensive embroidery in cotton and wool over the front and back of the robe in a variety of geometric patterns in white, blue, red and pink. There is also a small amount of appliqué around the neck and on the front and back of the item. The decoration on the sleeves is in four clear ands on the sleeves of the robe whilst the centre of the robe has a defined decorative panel. On both front and back there is evidence of repair in the form of patching using a more finely woven printed cotton.

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