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woman's skirt
  • Kuba peoples
  • woman's skirt, late 1800s–1986
  • Where object was made: Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • raffia, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Length/Width: 467 x 92 cm
    Object Length/Width: 183 7/8 x 36 1/4 in
  • Gift of Fifi White
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6630

The very long textile was intended to be wrapped and worn as a skirt and is made from woven raffia. It has a checkerboard field in light natural color, dark brown, and medium brown. The geometric designs are appliqued in contrast color for the darker squares and embroidered in dark brown on the light natural field. One end is edged with small tufts of raffia in bunches of three. There are rounded corners at the same end.