Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchak)

African (Kuba peoples, Bushoong subgroup)
1850–80


Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

Dimensions

87.6 x 645 cm (34 1/2 x 253 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1995.89

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd raffia; plain weave embroidered with raffia and appliquéd with cotton trade cloth

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Raffia, cotton; appliqué, embroidery, plain weave. Panels of undyed raffia plain weave joined to form a skirt. Appliquéd with self fabric embroidered with dark brown raffia. Limited number of additional appliqués of European cotton trade cloth predominantly blue in color. The abstract appliqués pattern the entire body of the skirt. Bordered on three sides with light blue and white striped trade cloth. Similar example in British Museum.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund