Iyoba Idia Mask Batwing Tunic (White)
Iyoba Idia Mask Batwing Tunic (White)
Iyoba Idia Mask Batwing Tunic (White)

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Iyoba Idia Mask Batwing Tunic (White)

Regular price £25.00
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The Brief

  • An off-the-shoulder tunic -  wearable African culture and heritage.
  • The art featured is an iconic piece of 16th century African art.
  • The image is of Iyoba Idia – a phenomenal African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • This garment is a statement. Wear with pride.
  • This tunic brings Edo & Nigerian heritage to everyone's attention
  • Heads will turn, and people will take note.
  • Ethically made and sweat shop free with sustainable Tencel fabric

Description

Original women’s off-the-shoulder / batwing tunic in 100% Tencel.  

  • Cap sleeves, slight stretch, smooth stitching, and an exceptional fine and comfortable finish.
  • Medium is approximately 32" (81.3cm) in total length.
  • It can be worn by itself, with leggings, or over jeans.

The Image

This design features the iconic image of a 16th century ivory pendent mask of the likeness of Iyoba Idia (Queen Mother) from the Kingdom of Benin in what is now modern day Nigeria.   The mask is one of the most recognisable African images.

Iyoba Idia was of the Edo people. She was a warrior, protector, and a political & spiritual guide who fought for her son, Osegie, to claim the title of Oba of the Kingdom of Benin (c1504 to c1550). Her power and influence were such that she has been referred to as the ‘Hidden Oba’. She represents a timeless example of an African leader. For more information see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iJat3eyWag

http://rainqueensofafrica.com/2012/11/iyoba-idia-the-hidden-oba-of-benin/

http://www.cultureindevelopment.nl/News/Heritage_Africa/683/Queen_Idia_Mask's_sale_sets_Sotheby's_against_art_world

 

Sizes Guide:

 

 

S

M

L

XL

2XL

Size

Front Chest

(inches)

17

18

19

n/a

n/a

Size

Front Chest

(Centimetres)

43.5

46

48,5

n/a

n/a


Front Length

62

64

66

/a

n/a

 

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