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woman's woven sash
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • woman's woven sash, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • palm fiber, weaving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 80 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 1/2 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0290

The sash was made of palm fibers with the decoration on each half mirroring the other half. The innermost portion is woven with light and dark fibers to form bands of narrow diamonds. The next woven portion has two dark triangles. The next portion is bands of light-colored twisted fibers. There are three woven bands consisting of stacked chevrons in light and dark, then light and dark triangles, then another of stacked chevrons in light and dark. Then there is a segment of light fibers in a series of small braids narrowing to join at the loose end with a dark and light checkerboard. The remaining fibers are braided into five braids, then into a single braid, which gets progressively narrower.