Monday, June 7, 2010
A HAUSA FARMER
The major tribe living in northern Nigeria are the Hausa people,they share a common language, and are mostly engaged in growing cotton and ground-nuts.
The Hausa farmer illustrated is wearing a dress common to all parts of northern Nigeria.His robe,made of white cotton,is similar to those worn by Hausa people living in the cities and towns of the north.Large,wide,plated grass hats worn over a round white cap or fez are popular with those working in the countryside,as they provide good cover for the face and neck from the tropical sun and rain.
The farmers white robes are decorated with khaki thread which is applied by means of a sewing machine.It is unusual for the Hausa people to wear bright or vivid colours like the people in southern Nigeria.