Africa | Man's robe. Hausa peoples or Nupe peoples. Nigeria, Bida | Mid 20th century | Cotton, indigo dye, natural dye | Over-sized men's clothing equates to importance. In northern Nigeria, large embroidered robes that are worn, or given to subordinates, are indicative of high status. The triangular knife pattern and the calligraphic spiral rosette may have an underlying protective symbolism that has been overlaid with commercial trade value.