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ID number:  BIRRC-D0334
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Man's short gown
Object type:  Textile
Place made:  N. Nigeria
Culture:  Hausa
Materials:  Cotton
Measurements:  85 cm
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Called 'gambari' or 'yar ciki' in Hausa, these garments were originally made for the pastoral Fulani and were worn also by some Hausa. It is a typical example of Hausa weaving across the Savannah belt of West Africa. It is composed of narrow-loom warp-striped strips (6 cm in width), which are woven from imported black and white cotton yarn. It has an embroidered collar with a 'dagi' (armorial bearing/digging rod) motif in white cotton. The flared skirt identifies this garment as a modern machine-embroidered version of the older 'binjima'. It was possibly loaned to the Danford Collection by P. Tunley.

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