Men’s festival dance tunic, Wodaabe Fulani people, Niger, circa 1960-1970. 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 very narrow 1 cm width strip weave indigo dyed cloth woven in Nigeria by Hausa men. These dramatic tunics are becoming increasingly scarce. Condition is excellent.
Measurements width 34 inches, length 56, 87 cm X 143.
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