Image Resources | Not Currently on View

Woman's Ceremonial Wrapper (Skirt)

Wodaabe people Fulani people

The Wodaabe are nomadic cattle herders and traders. During the dry season, young girls embroider blouses and skirts in preparation for the annual Geerewol ceremony. They also embroider the tunics that are worn by the men.

This festival provides the main chance of the year for the women to initiate relationships with men and find a second, third, or fourth husband.

The Wodaabe women tattoo their faces using patterns that are believed to give protection against the evil eye.

Dr. Steven Conant, Indianapolis; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (2001).

Object Information

Wodaabe people
Fulani people
creation date
cotton embroidered with silk and cotton
34 1/2 x 57 3/4 in.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in memory of Mrs. H. L. Conant
Textile and Fashion Arts