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tobe (woman's overgarment)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • tobe (woman's overgarment), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan; made in Egypt
  • silk cloth, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 384 x 74 cm
    Object Length/Width: 151 1/8 x 29 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0221

This is a long narrow length of silk cloth. The ends are left unhemmed and frayed. It has a large field of dark pink, plaid ends, and the middle is dark pink, white, yellow, and black. There is a paper label stuck on one side with an image of three pyramids and a river with two boats and palm trees. Either side of the landscape has an image of a man and Arabic script in yellow "ribbons."

This cloth was worn over a dress and covered the head and would be wrapped starting at the shoulder, and wrapped around the body several times and over the head. It is 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.