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babban riga (big gown)
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • babban riga (big gown), 1980
  • Where object was made: near Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, silk, weaving, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 142 x 223 cm
    Object Height/Width: 55 7/8 x 87 3/4 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0231
Label Text

Very oversized garment made of unbleached cotton. Armholes are the same as the height of the garment. The bottom of the garment is left unhemmed. Nearly v-necked.

The front of the garment is decorated with two light brown triangles under the neckline and a light brown triangle with jagged edge to the proper left of the neckline. The decoration on the very large pocket to the proper left is a cross-like design consisting of five light brown square outlines with points at each corner. There are four solid squares at the junction of the square outlines. The decoration on the proper right is three light brown lines spiralling from a circle filled with light brown embroidery. The negative space creates a cross-like design in a square.

The back is decorated with a light brown embroidered spiral with a grid in the center.