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Côte d’Ivoire

Barbara Sumberg and Remi Douah

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Côte d’Ivoire, on the Gulf of Guinea, has more than sixty ethnic groups that make up the approximate population of seventeen million. The geography ranges from humid equatorial forest in the south to dry and sparsely treed savanna in the north, which has influenced the development of cloth production and dress. Iron, brass, and gold are used for jewelry. Glass beads, imported from Europe and from other places in West Africa, decorate the body as waist beads, armlets, and necklaces. Paint made fro

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