Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchakabwiin)

African (Kuba Kingdom, Shoowa subgroup)
1900


Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo

Dimensions

56.8 x 124.7 cm (22 3/8 x 49 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1995.687

Medium or Technique

Plain weave raffia embroidered with raffia

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Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Red-dyed raffia skirt made of a single panel. Central area is patterned with diagonally interlacing bands and irregular diamonds, all worked in a flat-stitch embroidery in natural and dark brown raffia. Borders at top and bottom are worked in flat and cut-pile stitches. A third, undecorated border forms the innermost section of the skirt.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund