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.
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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart
African, Dida peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–2000
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.)
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