textile; dress

Dancing dress made from barkcloth with a inverse funnel-shaped neckline. The body of the dress has been made from one section which is sewn together at one side. Large parts of the hemline have been folded over to form finish to the bell-shaped bottom. 2 smaller sections form the sleeves of the textile. The painted decoration is done in ochre, black, red and green. On the front it runs in a stripe, formed of reciprocal triangles, from the neck to about halfway down the dress. On the reverse a band, formed of a single rectangular motif, is situated low on the dress.

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