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ID number:  BIRRC-D0162
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Cloth (Batse-tse)
Object type:  Textile
Place made:  Wukari, E. Nigeria
Culture:  Abakwariga
Materials:  Batse-tse cloth
Measurements:  300 x 200 cm
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This Hausa cloth (Abakwariga being an alternate name for Hausa) has been produced using a stitched-raphia resist techique. Much like the Yoruba adire cloth, a pattern is made by first tying off parts of the cloth and then the indigo-dyed cloth is stitched with raphia, in this case forming geometric and zoomorphic motifs. This particular piece is made up from thirty narrow loom strips, each 7 cm in width. The extended edge strips on the cloth act as tapes or ties.

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