Hausa man’s embroidered tunic, West Africa

Very large men’s robe, made from narrow-strips of weaving, and embroidered with an asymmetrical design. It was made by the Hausa people of Nigeria, West Africa, during the early 1900s.

This cotton Hausa robe was produced on a men’s double-heddle portable loom (or horizontal frame treadle loom). This loom produces what is known as narrow-band weaving (or narrow-strip weaving). The shirt is composed of numerous strips of narrow-band weaving, which were cut and sewn selvedge to selvedge, with addi...


Man's tunic, narrow strip-weave cotton, embroidered asymmetrical design, Hausa people, Nigeria, West Africa, early 1900s

Very large garment with bat wings, pullover style. Plain tabby weave strips sewn together. At the inside base a strip of blue and pink fabric has been added. The back is lower than the front. On the left hand side of the neck embroidery has been done which extends over the shoulder. A large embroidered pocket has been sewn to the left hand side near the shoulder.


1235 mm
3100 mm


Purchased 1982
1 January, 1970

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Hausa man's embroidered tunic, West Africa 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <>
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