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ID number:  BIRRC-D0331
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Title / Object name:  Man's cotton gown (riga)
Object type:  Clothing
Place made:  N. Nigeria
Culture:  Hausa
Materials:  Narrow-loom woven cotton strips and silk
Measurements:  135 x 268 cm

This 'riga' (robe in Hausa) is embroidered in self-coloured silk and is intended to be worn with 'wando' (trousers). The embroidery makes up a 'two knives' ('aska biyu') or 'two needles' ('allura biyu') pattern, referring to the methods undertaken to embroider the cloth. The cloth itself is coloured in tones of white, cream and tan.

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