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Indigo & White Fugu Smock

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Code: VCC125
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Traditional indigo and white man's smock from the home of fugu strip cloth - Daboya in northern Ghana. Locally grown cotton is handspun, dyed with indigo, then handwoven into narrow strips up to 60 metres long. Tailors sew the strips together into smocks for everyday and ceremonial wear. The more elaborate the smock - and especially the embroidery - the wealthier and more important the wearer. This sleeveless smock is probably 20-30 years old.

Approximate size: 80 cm wide x 89 cm long / 31 in wide x 35 in long. Strip cloth is quite thick, which means fugu smocks can weigh up to 2 kilograms - even more if there's lots of elaborate machine embroidery.

Indigo & White Fugu Smock VCC125
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