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raffia bustle
  • Chokwe peoples
  • raffia bustle, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • palm fiber, raffia, weaving, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 13.5 x 19.5 x 87 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 5/16 x 7 5/8 x 34 1/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0273

This is a palm fiber waistband with a large, round, dark brown raffia pompom. The band has a central woven portion decorated with chevrons in light and dark brown, but it is mostly hidden by the pompom, which is set lower than the center. The next segment on either side is a series of twisted fibers that have a knitted appearance, especially on the reverse. The next segment is a dark brown woven portion decorated with light brown diamonds. The ends are braided strips joined together about one-third of the distance from the end with a band of weaving. A reduced number of braided strands are then joined into a single braided strand at the very end.