- Mid-20th century
- cotton and synthetic fabric
- 33 7/16 × 20 1/2 in. (85 × 52 cm)
- Waist: 14 3/16 in. (36 cm)
- The woven fabric of this long skirt creates a checkerboard pattern in blue, white, and metallic gold thread. At the skirt’s bottom edge, white thread and the checkerboard pattern yield to alternating rows of gold and blue. Fringe, also gold and blue, trims the skirt. The blue and white fibers are cotton, while the shimmering gold thread is synthetic.
- The jacket belonged to renowned scholar-librarian Dorothy Porter Wesley (1905-1995), who organized and developed an unparalleled collection rooted in African American history that would become the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University in Washington, DC. She might have acquired the skirt and its matching jacket (1997.0020.0060a) while in Lagos, Nigeria between 1962 and 1964 to develop the National Library of Nigeria’s collection, a project commissioned by the Ford Foundation.
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