man's robe

Yorubaabout 1950

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

This robe is composed of this strip-woven fabrics which are then hand sewn together to create a larger fabric. The warp threads are tan, light blue, yellow, and maroon. The weft threads are tan with occasional two or four shots of maroon thread. In areas where four shots of maroon thread are present, there are small deliberately woven holes in the fabric. The holes appear more as maroon dots, because the thread naturally moved to fill in the holes. This adds a complicated design element to the fabric. The woven strips are oriented vertically in the center and horizontally along the sides.

Neither the long sides nor the bottom of the robe are sewn closed, with the exception of a small portion at the bottom sides of the garment. In the upper center of the robe is a neck opening. Green thread is embroidered and couched around this opening and in the center of both the front and back of the robe. The green thread is densely worked to create patterns within the stitched areas and between worked areas.

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  • Title: man's robe
  • Creator: Yoruba
  • Date Created: about 1950
  • Rights: No Known Rights Holder
  • Medium / Support: cotton with cotton embroidery
  • External Link: See this object at www.imamuseum.org
  • Dimensions: 55-1/2 x 97-1/2 in.
  • Department: Textile and Fashion Arts
  • Credit Line: Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund
  • Accession Number: 2013.312