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woven fan
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • woven fan, 1982
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • plant fiber, leather, yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 48.5 x 37.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 1/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0219

Fan is made of plant fibers woven in linear and geometric patterns in a rectangular shape. These fibers are natural light and medium brown leather. There is a fringe of yarn along all four edges of the fan in varying colors of red, green, black, orange and blue. There is also a "pom" of this colored yarn in the center of the front of the fan. The letters NPN, which stand for a political party (the National Party of Nigeria), are stitched in the front of the fan with blue and red yarn.