shirt (clothing: outerwear); textile; lemba

Blouse made from cream (undyed) and brown bark cloth. The textile is sewn together along the sides and under the arms. The cream textile constitutes the main body and sleeves of the garment. It is decorated with black painted decoration covering front, back and the shoulder part of the sleeves. The brown barkcloth is used as lining, and to create contrasting collar and cuffs. At the high waistline, a piece of red barkcloth has been inserted with green stitching. This garment would have been worn with a layered barkcloth skirt.

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