shirt (clothing: outerwear); textile; lemba

Blouse made from cream and black bark cloth. The textile is sewn together along the sides and under the arms. The black textile constitutes the main body and sleeves of the garment. It is decorated with appliquè. The cream barkcloth is used as bands at the waist, on the sleeves and around the neckline. On the back the cream band splits into 2 curved bands stopping at the halfway line. On both sides this is decorated with diamond motifs. The front is also decorated with appliquèd bands, and rows of circular motifs on the front above the hemline. The cream neckline is decorated with red grouped stitched stripes. Would have been worn with a layered bark cloth skirt.

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