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Dance skirt (tcaka)

Woman's dance skirt of raffia, tie-dyed in hues of brown, red, and purple with abstract, geometric panels of plain weave raffia inlaid along the length of the cloth; fringed along selvedge edges and seashells attached at either end of the length.


Purchased in 1990-1991; 2004 Year-End Gift to the MFA, January 26, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of Mary H. Kahlenberg and Robert T. Coffland

African (Kuba Kingdom, Bushoong peoples), early 20th century

Object Place

The Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 94 x 914.4 cm (37 x 360 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliquéd, tie-dyed and appliquéd raffia plain weave, shells


Textiles and Fashion Arts