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Protecting Cage for the Precious Indigo Hausa Woman Trader

PROTECTING CAGE FOR THE PRECIOUS INDIGO

HAUSA WOMAN TRADER

The cultivation of indigo once formed a highly important native industry in Sierra Leone, and indigo-blue predominated among the beautiful and indelible vegetable dyes of the country. So precious was this particular dye held to be that the common indigo dye pots of a town were given over into the custody of women, whose duty it was to keep them replenished and to safeguard The silken clothes and silver rings are obtained with the money she has earned by peddling goods. Only wives of lower-class men trade in this fashion, but it does not follow that the husband can lead a lazy life. He, too, must work and pay towards the housekeeping