Agbada is the Yoruba name for a type of flowing wide sleeved robe, usually decorated with embroidery, which is worn throughout much of Nigeria by important men, such as kings and chiefs, and on ceremonial occasions like weddings and funerals. The Hausa name for the robes is riga. Although today they are often still made from hand-woven cloth, the painstaking and beautiful hand embroidery that was used in the past is very rarely seen. Fine old robes have become family heirlooms passed on from father to son and worn with pride at major celebrations. In the past prestige robes were traded over vast distances and similar or related garments are found throughout much of West Africa. See our introduction to West African Robes page for more information. Full details of size of each robe, together with price and ordering information, can be found with a larger picture by clicking on the thumbnail images below.
|AGB093: SOLD||AGB094: US$2450||AGB097: email for price|
|AGB102: US$1475||AGB099: SOLD||AGB100: SOLD|
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