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African ➔ Woman's Outfit, Blouse, Skirt, Headwrap, African

Identifier:
2008.8.1a-c
Description:
Hand sewn three piece outfit made of matching cotton wax resist fabric . The fabric has a brown spotted background with rooster, chick and egg designs in blue, green and yellow. a. The fitted bodice/blouse has an asymetircal neckline with a self-covered button decoration. The 3/4 length sleeves end with in full, round bell shape which are finished with bright yellow bias tape. Center back zipper closure. Upper bodice front and back and sleeves are lined with plain black cotton. b. The ankle-length skirt has an elasticzied waist. It is trimmed with three rows of self-ruffles along the lower front . All three are edged with the same bright yellow bias tape as the sleeves. Plain black and brown cotton lining. c. The headwrap is not structured. It is a piece of unfinished fabric that measures 44" w and 46" long. The shape of the headdress is created by the individual wearer.;This outfit was purchased at a Grand Rapids store that is owned by an East African immgrant who came to the area several years previously to be close to her sister, a GVSU graduate. The store's customers are other recent East African immigrants. This style of outfit would be worn as more of an everyday dress than as formal wear.;Price paid at purchase
Date:
2007
Materials:
Cotton
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Rights:

Maker/Donor
Sierras General Merchandise
Related Place
Africa