This dye-stamped, patterned shirt is typical of the Yalunka peoples. It was brought to Bafodea, a center of the Limba peoples who learned dye stamping from the Yalunka. Its complex design motifs would have conferred status and prestige on the wearer.
Venice and Alastair Lamb, acquired Bafodea, Sierra Leone, 1980 to 1983
TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 11-December 7, 2008