Dashiki owned by Margaret Louise Lynch Belcher

Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Lynch Belcher, Margaret Louise, American, 1922 - 2002
Date
late 20th century
Medium
cotton
Dimensions
H x W: 27 1/2 x 22 in. (69.9 x 55.9 cm)
Description
A dashiki with kimono sleeves owned by Margaret Belcher. The dashiki is collarless, with a v-shaped cutout at the center front neck. There are side vents reaching approximately five (5) inches up from the hem. The fabric print is designed specifically for use with this style of garment, having a very deep blue ground with colorful designs printed around the hem, sleeves, and neck in red, blue, purple, and pale green. The design consists of geometric and stylized floral elements, with the design on the neck and around the bottom mirrored vertically from the center front and center back. There are two (2) patch pockets sewn at the front waist with the printed design also mirrored. Only the edges of the neck opening are self-lined, the rest of the garment is not lined. A manufacturer's tag was previously removed from the center back interior neckline.
Place used
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Historical
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Type
dashikis
Topic
Activism
African diaspora
American South
Black power
Civil rights
Clothing and dress
Communities
Fashion
Humanitarianism
Identity
Social reform
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kimberly Hunley
Object number
2014.99
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd576fe7968-3d4c-4508-b448-4292a7f9ba8f
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