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Woman's ceremonial skirt (ntchakabwiin)

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Red-dyed raffia skirt made of a single panel. Central area is patterned with diagonally interlacing bands and irregular diamonds, all worked in a flat-stitch embroidery in natural and dark brown raffia. Borders at top and bottom are worked in flat and cut-pile stitches. A third, undecorated...

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Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

African (Kuba Kingdom, Shoowa subgroup), 1900

Object Place

Democratic Republic of Congo


56.8 x 124.7 cm (22 3/8 x 49 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Plain weave raffia embroidered with raffia


Textiles and Fashion Arts