Ndop Tunic – Bamileke – Cameroon

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Ndop Tunic – Bamileke – Cameroon

First half 20th century. Indigo dyed cotton made from lots of small strips sewn together. Approx. cm 90,0 x cm 90,0 (35.93″ x 35.93″). Some damage due to age and use (see photos).

For similar example see page 186 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow.

The sewn and indigo-dyed cloth called ndop is used in a variety of large robes, mask costumes and display pieces. Chiefs reserved such tunics for their court assistants.

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