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tobe (women's overgarment)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • tobe (women's overgarment), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan; made in Japan
  • polyester cloth, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 146 cm
    Object Length/Width: 57 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0222

This length of sheer polyester cloth has a dark blue border with pink flowers, light blue lines and dots, and a pink argyle-like band. The center is a light blue field with medium blue dots and a dark blue floral design on the sides.

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.