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This garment is essentially a large rectangle of cotton. The material has been folded, an opening for the head cut and sewn at the center. There are side seams, about eight inches in from each side, that create large arm holes, give form to the garment and provide adequate space for a good walking stride.

Unlike akaba, which has gathers either at the breast or the waist line, this is a casual multicolor modern form of boubou. The garment is tie-dyed. Dyes applied in various design forms add to the artistic character of many garments. Here are many colors typical of rain forest growth seen on a foggy morning.