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  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • shirt, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, resist dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 81 x 66 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 7/8 x 26 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.069.01

Long, short sleeved shirt resist dyed with a paisley or leaf design and embroidered around the neck opening. The pattern on the cloth is of large curved leaves that are a light greenish gray in color, with black veins and red mottling, and resembles a paisley pattern. At the wide end of each leaf there is a red teardrop shape and the field behind the leaves is black. The neck of the shirt has a short collar and is open in a narrow V down the front. Around the neck there is dark orange embroidery in a pattern of swirls and circles. Around each of the sleeves there is more orange embroidery in a swirl or wave pattern.