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ID number:  BIRRC-D0332
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Man's short cotton gown
Object type:  Clothing
Place made:  N. Nigeria
Culture:  Hausa
Materials:  Narrow-loom woven cotton strips
Measurements:  72 cm
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This short cotton tunic, traditionally called 'gambari' or 'yar ciki', or 'fugu' in Ghana, was originally made for the pastoral Fulani and is worn also by some Hausa. It is typical of Hausa weaving across the Savannah belt of Africa. The cream cloth is patterned with narrow indigo stripes. The flared skirt identifies this garment as a modern machine-embroidered version of the older 'bunjima'. The central piece of embroidery around the neck is in a 'dagi' (armorial bearing/digging rod) motif in yellow cotton.

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