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The fashion and design sensibility of the ancient textiles recovered from the Bandiagara caves is also found in several related tunics acquired in the seventeenth century by the wealthy Ulm merchant Christoph Weickmann. Among them is this spectacular royal robe, which was likely carried to the Atlantic coast via Mande trade networks and exported to Europe from the kingdom of Ardra by the mid-seventeenth century.

Tunic, Cotton, indigo

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© Museum Ulm— Weickmann Collection, photo by Oleg Kuchar, Ulm