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ID number:  BIRRC-D0340
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Man's gown (riga)
Object type:  Clothing
Place made:  Nigeria
Culture:  Hausa
Place collected:  N. Cameroons
Materials:  Cotton
Measurements:  140 x 282 cm
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This cloth has been made from narrow-loom woven cotton strips, roughly 4cms wide, and includes alternating warp threads in indigo and white. This 'riga', or man's gown, has been embroidered in white cotton chain-stitch. The front is a symmetrical arrangement of 'dagi' or 'knot' motifs, with parallel rows of stitching around the neck and two false pockets. The back is a single 'dagi' motif. The lining band inside the hem is in cerise and white narrow loom cotton (10 cm strips) cut on the cross (depth 18 cm). It was collected in N. Cameroons before 1928 although the gown itself is Hausa.

Notes:  A.D. and B. Garson 1969.Made from narrow-loom woven cotton strips (4 cms wide) of the type called 'saki' (alternating warp threads in indigo and white). Embroidered in white cotton chain-stitch. Front: a symmetrical arrangement of 'dagi' (Hausa knot) motifs, plus parallel rows of stitching around the neck opening and two false pockets. Back: a single 'dagi' motif. Lining band inside hem in cerise and white narrow loom cotton (10 cm strips) cut on the cross (depth 18 cm). Collected N. Cameroons before 1928.of the type called 'saki'.

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