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  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • dress, 1999
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • cloth, plastic, cotton, thread, embroidering, dyeing, printing
  • Object Length/Width: 149 x 171 cm
    Object Length/Width: 58 11/16 x 67 5/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.074

Very long orange dress with long sleeves. The dress is a light orange with a faint damask pattern of vines with small fruit or gourd shapes and leaves. There is a T-shaped neckline that is surrounded with embroidering in gold and brown thread. There is wide panel of gold filigree pattern for the field and gold petaled flowers with brown veins and there are orange plastic, oval-shaped beads sewn onto the centers. At the bottom of the neckline there is a brown embroidered pendant shape from zigzag lines and with three orange plastic beads sewn on. There are also flower shapes on each of the sleeves and a gold wave pattern at the hem of each sleeve. On the inside of the embroidered areas there is a cotton cloth backing that has text printed on it.