This men’s gbariye short tunic is made from aso-oke cloth. Aso-oke is narrow strip cloth woven by Yoruba men, and this type of cloth and tunic has a long and enduring history. It is similar in style and shape to garments like the batakari tunic worn in Ghana. The aso-oke is a classic design that includes stylised koran board motifs and embroidery, demonstrating northern Nigerian Islamic design influence. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.
Place: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
Date: Late 20th Century