Man's trousers - ROM2012_12508_10


Man's trousers

Maker: Yoruba
Medium:Cotton embroidered in wool and cotton
Geography: Nigeria
Date: 1920-1925
100 x 328 cm
Object number: 950.126.3
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Rev. A.W. Banfield
Not on view

The trousers are sewn together to make a rectangular garment. There are short legs of white cotton added, as well as a white cotton waistband and drawstring. It is elaborately embroidered in many colours and features stylized and geometric patterns in cotton and wool using chain stitch and couching. West African dress aesthetic creates mass and projects stature. Ironically, the most prestigious garments are assembled from the narrowest handwoven strips of cloth, just 2 cm wide. Kings and clerics don up to eight layers of clothing for state events.

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