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There are some hints about dress in the 17th century in West Africa from early travelers accounts of visitors to the African continent from Europe and from North Africa. There are quite a few books the address the history and heritage of African dress, concepts of beauty and body arts. Right now some of us are reading Radiance From the Waters by Sylvia Arden Boone about the concepts of feminine beauty of the Mende speaking communities in Sierra Leone and environs.