Benin Indigo Tunic


AGB192 – Indigo handspun cotton strip weave tunic for a chief or other senior man in northern Togo or Benin.

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Men’s smock-like tunic worn by elders in the north of Togo and Benin. Hand tailored from two different strip weave indigo dyed hand spun cotton patterns, with plain blue lining at the neck and hem. The long vent at front and back reflects the origin of these tunics as riding wear for chiefs who could afford to own a horse. Smaller than is typical and in excellent condition, this is a very wearable piece but would also look great on a wall. Dates from circa 1920-1950.

Measurements as shown 59 inches wide x 43 length, 150 cm x 110.

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