Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchak)

African (Kuba peoples, Bushoong subgroup)

Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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