Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

  • Gio peoples
  • robe, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • cotton, weaving, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Length/Width: 239 x 109.5 cm length while open
    Object Length/Width: 94 1/8 x 43 1/8 in length while open
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6582

The rectangular length of cloth is made from seven narrow strips. It has a rectangular hole for a head in the center. The wide vertical stripes are black and the thin stripes are red and white. There are short horiztonal stripes of jajim overweave in red, yellow, and white. There is unbleached cotton at either end and on one side of the hole for the head there is backing for applique. There is a wide white "V" at the neck. The other side of the neck has a white square with light brown applique, set on top of two pieces of the black striped cloth facing different directions than the original. There is a "7" shaped white applique that frames the square.