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White cotton dress with a rounded neck, long sleeves, a fitted bodice and gathered waist. The full skirt is made of three panels and reaches mid-calf in length. The dress has a long metal zipper down the back and is lined with commercial cotton. Along bottom of the skirt is a white and black border with multicoloured metallic detailing. The border has a black leaf motif arranged in a staggered double row. Matching shawl (Ca36 b).

History Of Use

Women's national dress (part a & b) made from indigenous cotton. Women spin the cotton and dresses are made to order. Traditionally, all dresses were white and border patterns were never repeated. The coloured threads are a new addition. Shorter, gathered skirts are giving way to traditional, long skirts. The shawl (netela) border is commonly worn over the left shoulder.

Cultural Context

clothing; national dress

Item History

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