I was in DC last week and dropped in the Smithsonian Museum of African art where I drooled over the awesome textiles. I have been obsessed lately with African and African American fibers and quilting and how much it is influencing “modern” quilting and also how no one mentions it.
Part one is this amazing dancing get up. I love the stripy strips of diamonds. Like a criminal I am posting this with no identifying info, but that it came from aforementioned museum. I was hoping the website would list it under their textile highlights but no such luck. It is worn for ceremonial dancing, it covers the face so the dancer remains hidden, each of the panels swirls out when the dancer moves, and represents family members and history.
Update: Victory! Here is the information on this amazing Egungun mask costume by the Yoruba people of Nigeria.