Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

shugga (palm leaf fiber mat)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • shugga (palm leaf fiber mat), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 317 x 139 cm
    Object Length/Width: 124 3/4 x 54 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2782
Description

The large rectangular mat is woven from undyed, light yellow colored palm fibers in a plaited, herringbone pattern. The edges are rimmed with a slightly thicker plaited band that is dyed a dark purple color.

It was used to cover the house during the rainy season. Shugga is a type of mat specifically used to cover the house.