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woman's dress
  • Nigeria
  • woman's dress, 1965–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • cotton, metal, resist dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 148 x 93 cm
    Object Height/Width: 58 1/4 x 36 5/8 in
  • Gift of Suzanne and Verlin Gilbert
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0046.01

Long sheath dress with mid-length flared sleeves. There are short slits on both sides of the bottom of the dress, darts at the front of the torso, and a long metal zipper at the back. The cotton is a natural color that has been resist dyed with a dark blue field and with red and natural colored details. The primary design pattern is a large white and red diamond shape. In between the diamonds there is a small four-pointed star shape in red and natural with lines projecting from the points that connect back to the large diamond shapes. There are four diamond shapes down the center of the dress from top to bottom.