Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchak)

African (Kuba Kingdom, Ngongo subgroup)
about 1960


Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

Dimensions

85 x 441 cm (33 7/16 x 173 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1995.92

Medium or Technique

Appliquéd raffia plain weave embroidered and appliquéd with raffia

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Panels of undyed raffia weave joined to form a skirt. Dark brown raffia cloth appliqués in abstract shapes pattern the entire body of the skirt; appliquéd area also plain weave. A wide band attached along one edge forms the lower border and is decorated with appliqués similar to those of the body but in a more spacious, linear arrangement. Appliqués are sewn with unusually fine and even stitching in reddish-brown raffia that gives the design added demension.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund