masks (dance & live theatre); dance adornments

A costume. Shoulder straps and a belt are formed from fibrous plant material. On the straps, are two rows of shells, secured with thread. On the back strap, there are strings of small yellow/pink/blue plastic beads, with shells attached to the ends. Purple fringing has been sewn onto the back and front of the costume. Materials have become unattached from the garment.

Dogon masked dancers use fibres to cover their bodies. More fibres may have been attached to this garment – however, recently, masked dancers do not tend to cover their whole bodies. This type of decorative garment is very common amongst Dogon masked dancers.

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