Large rectangular gown without a neck opening. Made from hand-woven indigodyed cotton strips that are sown together edge by edge. It is worn as a kind of cloak over the shoulders or, in the evenings or when it is cold, over the head. The Tamacheq name for this type of cloth/gown is Takanat. Mallam Moussa said that in Agadez the riga tabdok is now discarded in favour of the bournous or bisht. Mallam Moussa bought this gown new about 10 years ago in Agadez, but said that it was made in Northern Nigeria, probably Kano.

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