cushma (Tunic)

About this object

History of use

Embroidered kené (all over design); made by women. The cushma has been noted in the region since 1767. It is normally a man's garment for special occasions. With the introduction of Western-style clothes, traditional garments are now worn less frequently.

Physical description

Poncho style tunic made of two square piece of dark brown fabric sewn together at the sides. A small area was left open for the arms; slit opening for the neck. Back a has faint black geometric design. Front has an elaborate embroidered geometric pattern in white, yellow, green and green bordered by white appliqué bands on all sides. Majority of motif is a repeating cross-like form. Bottom edge has two strips of white appliqué around circumference.