Clothing Style, Sarakole Woman, Senegal, 1850s

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P. David Boilat, Esquisses S

Clothed in an elaborate indigo-dyed blue gown with turban or head-tie and a gauze veil ("which she made herself"), the woman is shown with an intricate long necklace of "coral and enormous amber" beads that hangs down to her chest. This outfit is worn on solemn occasions and the same type of dress, the author notes, is also found among the neighboring Toucouleur/Tukulor (p. 29). For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.