Woman's skirt (ntchak)

African (Kuba Kingdom)
19th–20th century

Object Place: Democratic Republic of Congo


74.4 x 166.4 cm (29 5/16 x 65 1/2 in.); Legacy dimension: 74.4 x 166.4 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Raffia and red dye

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Raffia; embroidery, plain weave. Monochromatic central panel of red-dyed raffia cloth with raffia embroidery in an intricate, all over pattern sometimes called “foot of the chameleon.” Along the long top and bottom edges are borders of undyed raffia cloth finely embroidered with an interlace pattern in dark brown and undyed raffia. A simliar band, less finely worked, borders the short, outer edge of the skirt. Worn by Bushong royal women as an outer- or overskirt.


1995, sold by David Lantz, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund