Hausa man’s embroidered tunic, West Africa

Man’s robe, indigo-dyed narrow-strip weave, made from cotton. It is embroidered with an asymmetrical design. It was made by the Hausa people of Nigeria, West Africa, around 1940. It 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 additional embroidery patternin...


(-1) Shirt
(-x) Hanging rod

Very wide, pull-on style garment of loosely woven, indigo dyed cotton loomed in narrow 4cm strips hand sewn together to form wide rectangular shape with curved sleeve openings seamed together at hem only. Embroidered with loosely spun white cotton thread, forming bold geometric shapes across garment front and large double circular motif across centre back. Symbolic pattern known as "two knives" or aska biyu.


1360 mm
2620 mm


Purchased 1985
17 May, 1985

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Hausa man's embroidered tunic, West Africa 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 11 December 2017, <>
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