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Much prized by lovers of indigo and collectors of African textiles, these smock-like robes were worn by hunters and other senior men among a variety of ethnic groups including the Nago (Yoruba) and Cabrais in the forested Central and Northern regions of the Benin Republic and Togo.  
Hand-tailored from three different patterned indigo hand spun cotton thread strip weaves with a plain indigo in a lighter shade lining the shoulders and hem.

This robe is worn by a Nago hunter in the photograph. The hunt begins with praise and is punctuated by spiritual songs. In addition to their guns, hunters wear a talisman and an outfit that gives them a power of invisibility.

This has two patches made of the same cloth.

Shoulder width 19 ins 49cms

Sleeve length 14 ins 36cms

length 39 ins/97cms

Indigo hand strip weave prestige robe from Benin, rare & collectible

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