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Monday, June 7, 2010


Senior Yoruba chiefs are known as Obas.The Oba illustrated is wearing a gown made of velvet which is lined with local handwoven cotton.The whole gown is cut out on a full circle pattern,with the hole for the neck forming the centre of the circle.As many as thirty yards of material are often used.They are very heavy to ear but are the most graceful and dignified of all Yoruba costumes.

It is usuall for obas to wear either bead crowns or velvet caps trimmed with gold or silver lace with such garments.
The feet are usually covered with backless slippers made of leather,wool or velvet,or sometimes covered with beads

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