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  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • shirt, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, thread, resist dyeing, dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 57 x 83 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 7/16 x 32 11/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.076.01

Short sleeved shirt with a rounded neckline on front and back. At the edges of the sleeves there are bands of small pleats. Around the neckline there is a thin band of embroidering in brown thread. At the bottom of the neckline on front and back there is an embroidered diamond shape with circles at each point. The cloth is dyed with a brown field and the design pattern is light blue and white. The design pattern has pairs of large butterflies joined together with a circle. Next to the butterflies there is a flower with pointed petals and a curved stem. At the corners of the butterfly motif there are rectangles with a triangle at the top and printed inside the rectangle are the Arabic numerals 1 through 10.