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girl's shirt
  • unknown Fulani maker
  • girl's shirt, 1980
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, yarn, metal thread, thread, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 41 x 53 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 1/8 x 20 7/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0235.01

One of a set of two pieces of girl's clothing. Both pieces are made from light blue cotton cloth that has thin dyed lines of black and red throughout.
The shirt (2011.0235.01) is made from a single piece of cloth that is folded in half and then the bottom of the sides are sewn, leaving arm holes at the top. The neck opening is circular and trimmed with black yarn stitching. The front of the shirt is covered in yarn embroidery. On either side of the neck opening is a green rectangle with small yellow x-shapes and below that is one red and one black triangle. Below that are vertical bars of yarn that are from left to right: green, orange, black, red, green, orange, blue, and red. Near the bottom of the front is a horizontal black bar that is decorated with small yellow x-shapes. On the back of the shirt on either side are four black and pink tufts arranged vertically. In the center is a green yarn rectangle with four long projections on either side. Above and below the green decoration are thin lines of gold colored thread that are woven through the cotton cloth.