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bundle of zaaf (palm leaf) strips
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • bundle of zaaf (palm leaf) strips, 1989
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern or Northern Kordofan), Sudan
  • palm leaf, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 55 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 21 5/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Barbara J. Michael
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0238

The bundle of strips of palm leaves is intended for weaving mats. Most are left a natural color, but some are dyed purple, orange, dark blue, or black. The bundle is tied with plastic twine.

These were used to make the berash (mat). They are short in length and more are added as needed as it is woven.