Man's robe - ROM2012_12508_8

ROM2012_12508_8

Man's robe

Maker: Yoruba
Medium:Cotton tabby embroidered in cotton and silk
Geography: Nigeria
Date: early 20th century
Dimensions:
135 x 254 cm
Object number: 950.126.2
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Rev. A.W. Banfield
Not on view
DescriptionThe robe is made of narrow bands of cotton (4.5 cm). Light blue warp stripes show vertically on the body and horizontally on the sleeves, while the body is wide with deep sleeves angling in towards the robe. The robe features 10 km of handspun cotton woven into 91 narrow strips sewn side by side. There are over 100,000 silk stitches applied by Islamic clerics as they chant (embroidery is a form of prayer). There is a concentration of embroidered symbols drawn from the Koran and from mathematical formulae, which reveal the divine and protect the wearer.
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