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Dida skirts are cloth "cylinders" worn as loincloths by women and as garments by men. Women weavers interlaced dried fibers of the raffia palm by hand, then outlined the design in raffia-thread stitches, and tie-dyed the cloth in yellow, red, and black.

Provenance

Purchased either in 1959, Paris, or in the 1960s, Abijan, Côte d'Ivoire, by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Dida peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire

Dimensions

Overall: 96 x 84 cm (37 13/16 x 33 1/16 in.) Lender accessory (Mount, approximately): 108 x 47.5 x 17 cm (42 1/2 x 18 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.) Lender accessory (Plexiglas case, approximately): 108 x 47.5 x 17 cm (42 1/2 x 18 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2768

Medium or Technique

Fiber, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Textiles