A pagne is the traditional colorful, printed cloth that Africans, mainly in West Africa, use for clothes. Often commemorative cloth is ordered for special occasions. See for example the Peace Corps pagne from Friends of Cameroon. Ironically many pagnes are manufactured outside of Africa. (You can see at the bottom edge in reverse "wax hollandais" printed on this pagne.)
So every year the office celebrates International Women's Day on March 8th by choosing a pagne for all the staff to wear. Literally, my eyes burned when I saw it. And when I close my eyes I could still see the lurid colors. I have never seen anything so ugly. And yes, M and I have had matching outfits made (a shirt for him, a dress for me) so stay tuned for a photo of us hideously dressed on that special day.