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ID number:  BIRRC-D0058(3)
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Man's dress, 'agbada' (yoruba)
Object type:  Clothing
Place made:  Ibadan, Nigeria
Culture:  Yoruba
Date made:  1949
Collector:  Danford, John
Materials:  Handwoven cotton and rayon
Measurements:  (1)Robe (100 x 115 cm), (2)trousers (88 x 85 cm), and (3)cap (29 x 30 cm)

Three piece mens clothing set made up from handwoven fabric in black, white, silver and gold rayon, with panels of blue checked cotton cloth. The weff-float rayon cloth was made in Ilorin by Alhaji Yahaya Olabintan. The blue checked cotton fabric is from Abeokuta. The garments were made collectively in Ibadan in 1949 and were collected by John Danford.

John Danford spent the majority of his professional life working for the British Council in West Africa. He spent 11 years as the representative in Ibadan, Nigeria, his arts education providing him with the insight to encourage and develop the arts in Nigeria. For his achievements in this area he was awarded an OBE in 1953. He occupied three further posts in Trinidad, Manchester and Sierra Leone before illness forced him into retirement. In 1964 a large portion of his West African arts collection was loaned to the University of Birmingham before being purchased in 1975, forming the nucleus of the Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts.

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Danford, John


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