Asante Healer’s Tunic


AGB188 – Unique embroidered tunic belonging to an Asante traditional healer.

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This unique tunic was collected recently in an Asante village from the house of a now deceased “fetish priest” as traditional healers are called in Ghanaian English. It modified the standard north Ghana “fugu” , flared men’s smock, with the addition of green and purple silk embroidery around the neck and armholes. A single leather amulet is fixed at the front, and a second smaller one inside. There are a few indigo cloth patches. Tailored from three different handspun cotton strip weave patterns. There was no specific dress for these types of religious and spiritual practitioners but a general expectation that they would wear distinctive and unusual attire. See my next post for an extreme example. Dates from early to mid C20TH.

Measurements: length 36 inches, 92 cm, width at base 46 inches, 117 cm.

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)