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Ceremonial skirt

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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...

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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

African (BaKuba, Royal Bushong), about 1900

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)


Overall: 78.7 x 335.3cm (31 x 132in.)

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Medium or Technique

Raffia plain weave, tie-dyed and pieced


Textiles and Fashion Arts