Ceremonial skirt

African (BaKuba, Royal Bushong)
about 1900

Object Place: Kasai River region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)


Overall: 83.8 x 336.9 cm (33 x 132 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Raffia plain weave, tie-dyed and pieced

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Raffia plain weave skirt composed of patchwork squares measuring approximately three inches by three inches. The design varies from dark gray with natural tan resist patterns made by tie-dyeing to nine-patch squares in alternate gray or tan; edged with finely made dark brown and reddish brown tufted pom-poms reserved for royal use.


With Tribal Spirit Traders, Leyden, MA since 1990; Purchased by the MFA, June 26, 2002

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund, Susan Cornelia Warren Fund and Textile Income Purchase Fund