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