|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Africa: West Africa, Nigeria?|
|Period:||Late 20th century|
|Dimensions:||L 295 cm x W 152 cm|
|Materials:||Cotton; indigo dye|
|Techniques:||Dyed; burnished; embroidered|
|Credit:||From the Opekar / Webster Collection|
The northern Nigerian technique of constructing robes and veils from narrow strips is based on a Saharan tradition. Saharan traders use wheels of cotton strips, called dindi or wendi, as a form of currency, and to a degree this robe is also a form of currency. The indigo dye that saturates the robe adds to its value because it stains the wearer’s skin a deep blue.