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Friday, June 4, 2010


Flowing white robes worn with a turban,a small round white cap or red fez are popular with the hausa people of Northern Nigeria.The turban is a useful head - dress becuase it affords protection from the dust storms which at certain times of the year blow down from the sahara desert.

The illustration shows a district head from Kano wearing the Riga Na Aiki(dress for work).This is the usual dress worn by the prosperous classes.Formerly, it was only allowed to be worn by an emirs family.The patterns around the neck and front follow conventional stnadards and denote the region of the wearer.The patterns in this illustration shows that the district head could only come from Kano ,Zaria,Sokoto or Katsina areas.

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