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wosada (cushion with long fringe)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • wosada (cushion with long fringe), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: probably Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • leather, embroidering, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 159 x 35 cm
    Object Length/Width: 62 5/8 x 13 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5176
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Description

The rectangular leather cushion has three bundles of very long fringe. The seat portion is rectangular with rounded corners. It is decorated with a band of embroidery around the perimeter in thin leather strips. Three stripes of the same kind of embroidery run the length of the rectangle, except the middle one which is interupted by a narrower raised section, set into a square. There are small leather tabs at the seams around the ends of the rectangle.

There are three woven segments at each end of the rectangle. The ends are left as very long fringe.

The bride's mother would make one of these cushions as part of the gift to the bride at her wedding. The groom's family would give the bride's mother money to make items for the wedding.