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Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchak)

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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...

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Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

African (Kuba peoples, Bushoong subgroup), 1850–80

Object Place

Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)


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

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts