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pair of sandals
  • unknown Karamojong maker
  • pair of sandals, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Uganda
  • goat skin
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 6 x 11 x 28 cm each
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 3/8 x 4 5/16 x 11 in each
  • Gift of Sandra Gray
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4194.a,b

The pair of sandals is made from goat skin. The sole is almost rectangular, but flares slightly at the toe end. There is a thin strip that attaches to the sole and would go between the wearer's big toe and second toe, then go back along the top of the foot. Attached to that strip is another very long strip that would wrap around the back of the ankle and come back to the front of the foot. The extra length of skin on that strip is rolled at the front of the shoe and tied to keep it in place. The bottoms of the sandals are covered in reddish brown hair and on either side of the shoe there is a tab of skin that extends up and the long strip is attached to them through a hole near the top.