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lappa (skirt)
  • Liberia
  • lappa (skirt), circa 1971
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • cotton, tie-dyeing, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 147 x 109 cm
    Object Length/Width: 57 7/8 x 42 15/16 in
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6604

The large cotton cloth lappa, or wrap skirt, is made from two pieces of cloth sewn together lengthwise with the seam about one-third the distance from one side. The cloth has a texture of a window pane pattern. In the center of the cloth there is a dark blue design that is teardrop shape with a round bottom and points at both sides and one at the top. The rest of the field is made of concentric rings of light brown and white. The inside of the teardrop shape is also made of rings of light brown and white.