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Man's robe (girke, agbada, boubou)
Man's robe (girke, agbada, boubou)
Date:
mid 20th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Cotton, Native Silk (tsamiya); Plain Weave (strip-weaving); Embroidery (button Hole, Chain, And Damask Darning (linzami) Stitches)
Dimensions:
88.9 x 243.8 cm (35 x 96 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Africa
Culture/People:
Yoruba Or Hausa
Accession Number:
1985.99
Acquisition Date:
1986-01-09
Credit Line:

Gift of Klaus and Ellen Werner

Exhibition History:

Power in African Dress, 2009

Made from strip-woven indigo-dyed fabric referred to as saki. The Hausa refer to this style of robe as a girke. The girke differes from the riga, the other style of large robe, by the use of gussets. The girke saki is an important indicator of political and social status. The lining of striped red silk further indicates that this is one of the most prestigious gowns. This robe is embroidered with the Hausa motif, aska takwas (eight knives) in a native silk referred to as tsamiya.

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