Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Temne maker
  • blouse, 1975
  • Where object was made: Kamakwie, Sierra Leone
  • cotton, plastic, resist dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 72 x 53 cm
    Object Length/Width: 28 3/8 x 20 7/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.068.01

Blouse made from cotton cloth that is dyed with a bright floral pattern. The field is light orange with darker orange mottling. There are large flowers throughout in purple, green and black. The neck opening and collar of the blouse are wide and there are thin pads at the shoulders. The collar is made from two wide pieces that drape down the tops of the arms and cross each other at the front and back. The body of the blouse is fitted and there is a black plastic zipper that runs the length of the back. The bottom of the blouse is voluminous and wide at the bottom.