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boy's tunic
  • unknown Fulani maker
  • boy's tunic, 1980
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, yarn, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 92 x 74 cm
    Object Height/Width: 36 1/4 x 29 1/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0236

Tunic made from white cotton cloth. The cloth is in long strips that are sewn together lengthwise to form the body of the tunic. The cloth is folded over at the shoulder and the sides are only sewn shut at the bottom corners. The white cotton has thin black lines woven in that are vertical. The neck hole is circular, the bottom of the tunic flares out slightly, and on the bottom of each of the underarms are two small strips of cotton with piececs of black or red yarn attached at the ends. The opening of the neck and the top of the chest are embroidered with yarn. The edges of the neck opening are embroidered with black yarn and there is a red circle around the outside of the black. Below the neck on the chest are three vertical embroidered decorations. On the facing left and right are thin black triangles with orange lines below and orange-outlined green triangles with a green and orange u-shape at the top. In the center is one thin red triangle, followed by a black-outlined green diamond shape and a black-outlined red diamond shape, and at the bottom is a rounded triangle shape that is outlined in black and has a line of red and orange embroidery inside.