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berash (palm leaf fiber mat)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • berash (palm leaf fiber mat), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern or Northern Kordofan), Sudan
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 200 x 98.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 78 3/4 x 38 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2787

The rectangular mat is made of woven palm leaf fiber. The ridges are woven parallel to the long sides at regular intervals. It has a light natural field with a black border, stitched on in a zigzag stitch in blocks of light natural or black.

It was used for sitting on the ground or decorating the interior walls of the house. The decorated berash would be used to decorate the inside of houses, and the undecorated ones were more likely used on the ground or on the outside of the house. The colored berash would only be used on the outside of a house at a marriage.