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Esapa Korina (horse covering)
  • Hausa or Nupe peoples
  • Esapa Korina (horse covering), circa 1980
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria; made in Bida, Nigeria
  • cotton, quilting, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 149 x 106 cm
    Object Length/Width: 58 11/16 x 41 3/4 in
  • Gift of Dr. Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0064

Very thick, rectangular textile that flares out at the corners. In the center of the textile there are alternating blocks of red and blue cotton fabric. The center strip is undecorated, but on either side of that there are rows of embroidery with long, thin triangles embroidered in red and green thread, with yellow stitches running across them and with small stars embroidered in white and yellow thread next to the points of the triangles. At either end there are large panels of embroidery in red and green thread with long stitches creating overlapping, thin diamond shapes. Around the edges of the textile at the ends, but not in the center, are red cotton triangles. Along both of the long edges of the textile are thin strips of indigo-dyed cloth with a thick weave. The back is covered in scraps of cotton cloth with varying patterns, and the back of the embroidery stitches is visible.