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  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • shirt, 1980
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, thread, dyeing, resist dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 61 x 75 cm
    Object Length/Width: 24 x 29 1/2 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.075.01

Short sleeved shirt made from resist dyed cotton sloth and with a U-shaped neckline both front and back, and decorated with embroidering. Along the bottom of the shirt is a small ruffle that goes all the way along the bottom hem. Around the edge of the neckline there is light tan colored embroidering of parallel lines and at the bottom is a long, thin point. The cloth is dyed with a mottled green and brown pattern on a light tan field. The design pattern is of several different kinds of flower shapes, some with large round petals and others in a long, pointed oval shape. The leaves, stems, and outline of the flowers are dark brown and the petals of the flowers are dark blue. The selvedge is visible along the seam just above the ruffle.