gown

A man's large rectangular gown, called 'babba riga' in Hausa, and 'takatkat' in Tamacheq. Machine embroidery covers the whole front of the gown, and there is one embroidered motif on the back. The embroidered motifs on the front include the aska motif (aska is the Hausa word for knife). Mallam Moussa bought the cloth un-dyed at the market and had it tailored and embroidered in Agadez. He then took the gown to a dyer (a Malian) who dyed it indigo.

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