Clothing Style, Sarakole Woman, Senegal, 1850s

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Image Reference

P. David Boilat, Esquisses Sengelaises (Paris, 1853), plate 22 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

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). The author made his drawings from life; his 24 plates are explained in an accompanying text. For biographical details on Boilat, see image reference Boilat01.