Iyoba Idia Women’s Sweater Dress (Black / Gold)

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£49.99  

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The Real Deal

  • Not just a dress - 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 brings Edo & Nigerian heritage to everyone's attention - wherever you are.
  • Heads will turn, and people will take note.
  • Ethically made and sweat shop free.

Style

  • Women's crew neck dress
  • Features a relaxed fit, and medium- long length
  • It can be worn with bottoms, leggings, or as a dress alone

 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

 

Material

This is a certified ethically-manufactured Terry Sweatshirt made from certified organic and sustainable fabrics: 85% Organic ring-spun Combed Cotton and 15% Polyester. It is warm, made to last, but has a soft comfortable feel.

 

Size Guide

SIZES

XS

S

M

L

XL

Half Chest (cm)

46

48.5

51.5

54.5

57.5

Half Chest (Inches)

18.11

19.09

20.28

21.46

22.64

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chest (cm)

92

97

103

109

115

Chest(Inches)

36.22

38.19

40.55

42.91

45.28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Body Length (cm)

86

88

90

92

93

Body Length (Inches)

33.86

34.65

35.43

36.22

36.61

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeve Length (cm)

61

61

62

62.5

63

Sleeve Length (Inches)

24.02

24.02

24.41

24.61

24.80

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