61.5 in WIDE
(156.21 cm WIDE)
Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Nesh Shack

Natella or cloak of white, plain weave cotton, stitched in Ethiopia. The natella was worn with a matching shamma (2000.60.2). Professor William Alfred Shack (1923-2000), a social anthropologist on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, researched the social structure of the Gurage people of Ethiopia in 1957-59 and in 1962-65. On the second tour his wife, Dorothy (nee Nesh) accompanied him. During the 1962-65 research trip Mrs. Shack had several garments made to wear there. She described the Ethiopian market places where men would sew such garments on older sewing machines. She indicates that you would choose the fabric and perhaps select a trim color, and then the garment would be made for you. This natella is trimmed at either end with the same embroidered olive green tape that appears on the dress. The ends are finished with a small, delicate white fringe.

Used: adult | Female | Dorothy Nesh Shack | African American | Ethiopia

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