Fine men’s festival dance tunic, Wodaabe Fulani people, Niger, circa 1960-1970. We particularly like the comparatively sparse layout of embroidery on the back. These open sided tunics were worn, together with a leather skirt, by young Wodaabe men with dramatically made up faces at an annual festival. Young women from rival clans would inspect the line of dancers and select the most beautiful performers to pair up with. Hand embroidered with designs named after aspects of nomadic lifestyle, on narrow strip weave indigo dyed cloth woven in Nigeria by Hausa men. These dramatic tunics are becoming increasingly scarce. Condition is excellent.
Measurements width 11 inches, length 46, 28 cm X 117.
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