Iyoba Idia Mask “Shadow” long Tunic Black/Gold

Aṣọ

£35.00  

Share:

The Low Down

  • Not just a tunic - it's wearable African culture and heritage.
  • The art featured is of one of the most iconic pieces of 16th century African art.
  • The likeness is of Iyoba Idia – an African Woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration.
  • This garment makes a REAL statement. The wearer provides the signature.
  • Wearing this  brings Edo & Nigerian heritage to everyone's attention
  • Heads will turn, and people will take note.
  • Ethically made and sweat shop free.

 The Style

  • Long length, and a very relaxed loose fit with batwing sleeves.
  • Can be worn with bottoms, leggings, or as a dress.
  • It can be worn either on or off the shoulder.

 The Artwork

This garment 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 about Iyoba Idia 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

 

The Fabric

This is a certified ethically-manufactured Women’s tunic made from all natural fibres.  50% Bamboo and 50% organic, ring spun combed cotton.  It has a great soft feel.

 

Size Guide

 Size:

Small

Medium

Large

Front Body length ( collar to bottom hem edge)  (cm)

67

69

74

Chest (Armpit to Armpit)  (cm)

74

76

77

Bottom Hem Opening (cm)

42

45.5

47

 

 

Aṣọ – African Fashion, including African dresses, contemporary African dresses, African shirts, African t-shirts and much more.  Aṣọ - a channel for you to buy African fashion on-line.

Stay in Touch