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War shirt
(20th century)

Medium
cotton, leather, hide, bone
Measurements
110.0 cm (centre back) 150.0 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
Ghana
Accession Number
2011.312
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of David Bardas in memory of Sandra Bardas OAM through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2011
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Long, tunic-length shirt made of indigo-dyed blue and white strip woven cotton decorated with multiple amulets made of various materials - mostly leather, hide and bone. The fabric is formed by hand stitching narrow widths of strip woven cotton together. The amulets are made of leather casings, which encase fragments of hide or bone, and have been painted with dyes in various symbolic patterns, some possibly in the style of Islamic script.