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wrap skirt
  • Hausa-Fulani peoples
  • wrap skirt, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • cotton, resist dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 179 x 109 cm
    Object Length/Width: 70 1/2 x 42 15/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.073.02
Description

Long rectangular piece of cotton cloth, identified as a wrap skirt. The cloth is dyed with a pattern that is similar to a woven mat pattern. The pattern is divided into blocks with six different patterns. One block has a light brown herringbone pattern for the field and there are long thin rectangles with points at the corners and in orange, green, and blue and with larger rectangles with all three colors. Another block has a dark red field and has long yellow rectangles with points on the corners. Another block has a brown herringbone field with chevrons in blue, orange and green and with a rectangle in the center wiht an elongated hexagon in green, blue and orange. Another block has a green field and there are long rectangles with varying patterns in green and yellow dots and with long rectangles in the center with dark red, orange and yellow stripes. Another block has long bands of small squares in brown, orange, dark red, blue, and green and there is a rectangle in the center that is made up of long thin triangles in blue, green and orange. Another block has a green field with small yellow dots and on either side there are three x-shapes in dark red and yellow and in the center there is a rectangle with dark red and green bands and with dark red triangles and a green field in the center.