R6129/9 Blouse and Skirt

Women’s Damask Outfit (Museum Accession Number R6129/9)

This two piece outfit belonged to American collector and fashion enthusiast Saundra Lang. She explains:

“In the mid 80’s I spent about 6 months in West Africa primarily in Abidjan on a cultural adventure after taking a leave from my job. One of my friends recommended her tailor, M. Bah. He made many wonderful items for me and on subsequent trips, I would always have him make something. This outfit was made on one of those trips. The fabric is bazin which may be what you call Guinea silk. It is polished cotton damask. I selected the style and the fabric.”

Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: M. Bah

Place: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, Africa

Date: 1980s

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