Trousers

Description
These men’s trousers are made from indigo-dyed, locally grown and hand-spun cotton (etu) woven in narrow strips. Townsend wrote that these garments were worn by chiefs and people of wealth. They show how far African trade routes stretched as the magenta silk thread was brought across the Sahara from North Africa.

Donor’s label: “worn by chiefs and people of wealth”.

Acquired by Reverend Henry Townsend in Abeokuta, Egba state before 1868. Townsend worked for the Church Missionary Society and travelled with Africans who had escaped from slavery to provide protection. Read more about Townsend here https://rammuseum.org.uk/collections/collectors/henry-townsend/
Accession Loan No.
E1389
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
trousers
Simple Name
trousers
Full Name
drawstring trousers (shokoto)
Dimensions
whole length 950 mm; whole width 1100 mm
Cultural Group
Yoruba
Production Parish
Egba
Production Town
Abeokuta
Production County
SW Nigeria
Production Country
Nigeria
Production Area Region
West Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
cotton
Function Name
clothing
Collection Area Region
W
Collection Continent
Africa

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