Exhibitions/ Art Object

Embroidered Man's Tunic

Date:
20th century
Geography:
Niger
Culture:
Fulani peoples, Wodaabe group
Medium:
Cotton, dye
Dimensions:
Width (across shoulders): 26 in. (66 cm) Width (across torso): 11 in. (27.9 cm) Height (overall as worn): 35 in. (88.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Eve Glasberg and Amyas Naegele, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.1140.12
Not on view
The Wodaabe, also known as Bororo, are among the last nomadic peoples of Africa. A sub-group of the Fulani, they live in the steppe region of central Niger, between the Sahara desert and the grassfields. Yearly, Wodaabe clans assemble, and young men of two lineages compete in beauty. Richly embroidered tunics, complex jewelry and make up are among the adornments worn by men on this occasion. The tunic are made of thin strips of indigo-dyed cloth imported from neighboring Nigeria, and are enhanced with colorful embroidery, filled with symbolic significance.
Aboubacar Doubou, Niamey, Niger, until 2000; Amyas Naegele, New York, 2000–2013

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