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Style Africa; Nigeria and Ghana Unfolded

Danford textiles display in response to larger exhibition at BM&AG.



Bone ash cake(alli)
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Several round pieces of bone ash cake. These are used as chalks to keep the weavers fingers dry during weaving. These are part of a larger collection of Hausa objects that were loaned to the University of Birmingham by Peter Tunley in 1978. The collection was given as a gift to the University in 2010.



Carved chest of drawers
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Carved by Erhabor, H.I.
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This tall unit comprises six drawers with a lidded top. Intricate relief carving on the top and four sides depicts various animals and forest scenes, including rats, elephants and warthogs. This object was lent to the University of Birmingham by John Danford in 1964 and purchased in 1975.



Cloth strip
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This piece has been woven on a man's double-heddle narrow loom. It is possible that the material used is machine-spun cotton. There is a striped warp in crimson flecked with red, black, white and yellow and a black weft. The colours here represent the main colour groups in yoruba colour theory; red (pupa), white (funfun) and black (dudu). each of these colour groups represent different concepts of heat, cold and mediating tones respectively. This piece was bequeathed to the Danford Collection by E.H. Duckworth in 1972.



Cotton textile
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This Kente cloth, worn on important occasions, has been woven on a man's double-heddle loom. It has been made from fifteen strips (10 cm in width). The outer strips are of a plain balanced weave (warp: black. weft: orange). The other strips are either of this type or in a plain balanced weave in reddish tan. At intervals along their length are weft faced bands of varying sizes in blue, white, red, yellow, black, green, with occasional supplementary weft-float patterns in orange or white. The cloth demonstrates some fading in places. It was collected in the 1920s and was presented by Sister Evelyn Bellamy in 1969.



Indigo dyed cotton textiles (Adire)
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Collection of six pieces of 'adire' cloth:
(1) 'Adire oniko': stitched type (alabere). Plantain pattern. Made from two lengths of machine-woven cotton stitched together after dying. (Rufflette tape along one edge.) 141 x 177 cm
(2) 'Adire oniko': stitched and tied type. Single length of machine-woven cotton. (Rufflette tape along one edge.) 185 x 83.5 cm
(3) 'Adire eleko': cassava starch resist / painted type. Pattern of squares containing various motifs, some geometric and others representational. Made from two lengths of machine woven cotton stitched together after dying. (Rufflette tape along one edge.) 194 x 170 cm
(4) 'Adire eleko': cassava starch resist. Stencil type. 'Oloba' pattern, with lions and Muhammmad's winged horse, al-Buraq. Made from two lengths of machine-woven cotton stitched together after dying. 170 x 157 cm
(5) 'Adire eleko': similar to D0393-3. 168 x 183 cm
(6) 'Adere oniko': stitched-type (alabere). 162 x 82 cm
These items were lent to the University of Birmingham by John Danford in 1964 and purchased in 1975.



Man's dress, 'agbada'
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This complete set of mens clothing consists of:
Cap (21 x 28 cm) (3)
Robe (120 x 175 cm) (1)
Trousers (90 x 71 cm) (2)
Each item is woven in crimson, green, yellow, black and white striped handwoven cotton cloth strips, with gold rayon embroidery. It was given to John Danford by the Olowo of Owo, 1953. Danford lent the items to the University of Birmingham in 1964 and they were purchased in 1975.



Man's gown (riga)
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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.



Man's tunic
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This piece has been made in black machine-woven cotton. It carries chain stitched motifs throughout (striped triangles, ropes, arrowheads etc), embroidered by hand in red, yellow and white imported yarn. It was presented to the Danford Collection by Sister Evelyn Bellamy in 1969.



Reels for loom shuttles
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These are part of a larger collection of Hausa objects that were loaned to the University of Birmingham by Peter Tunley in 1978. The collection was given as gift to the University in 2010.



Set of narrow loom shuttles
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Set of carved wooden shuttles, some with decorative detail, containing cotton spindles. These are part of a larger collection of Hausa objects that were loaned to the University of Birmingham by Peter Tunley in 1978. The collection was given as a gift to the University in 2010.