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tobe (women's overgarment)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • tobe (women's overgarment), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Khartoum, Al Kharţoum, Sudan
  • cotton, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 436 x 150 cm
    Object Length/Width: 171 5/8 x 59 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0223

This ia a length of unhemmed sheer cotton. The center of the cloth is dark blue with red pinstripes. The selvage edges have thick yellow bands (which look green with the blue) and a design in yellow, green, red, and white.

It was worn over a woman's head and dress. Would be wrapped starting at the shoulder, and wrapped around the body several times and over the head. Comparable in some ways to a sari.

Women would own several of these and would wear them any time she was outside of the camp and would have an everyday tobe to wear to other people's homes in the camp.

It was made with Sudanese cotton and manufactured in Khartoum.