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  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • shirt, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • damask, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 74 x 95 cm
    Object Length/Width: 29 1/8 x 37 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.070.01

Large shirt with wide, short sleeves and embroidering around the neck. The cloth of the shirt is light blue in color and has a damask pattern done in the same color. The pattern has a bouqet of flowers with leaves at the bottom and the bouqets are separated by long, ribbon like bands in a diamond pattern. The neck opening is square and has thick off-white embroidering surrounding it. On both the front and the back the sides are embroidered in straightlines creating a wide band and then coming down to a thick, flared out point on either side. On the front at the bottom of the neck there is a small diamond shape with rounded circles at the corners, identified as a stylized Knot of the North pattern. On the back in the center of the embroidery there is a long thin triangle that extends downward.