Embroidered kusaibi gown. It is made from strip-loom woven cotton, dyed a dark blue with indigo. The strips are then sewn together to form the gown. The front and back of the gown are heavily embroidered. Front pocket depicts a 'compound' motif, consisting of four circles in squares at the corners, encircling a fifth circle in square in the middle. This motif is common across West Africa, representing dwellings or homes. An elaborated 'compound' motif can be found on the back, with four curved sections surrounding a central checkered square. Further geometric designs surround the 'compound' on either side, including a small bird on the back.

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