"an old, soft pagne printed with yellow birds"

A pagne, or wrapper, is a type of clothing commonly worn by women in West Africa. Pagne is an umbrella term, and it can mean anything from a loincloth to a full ensemble of draped clothing.

A pagne is usually worn with a matching headscarf or head tie. The type described in thisĀ  passage appears to be "fancy print," which is an informal and less expensive type.