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lappa (skirt)
  • Liberia
  • lappa (skirt), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • cotton, indigo, dye, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 168 x 105.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 66 1/8 x 41 9/16 in
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6646

The length of cotton cloth is intended to be worn as a wrap skirt. It has one seam down the long axis, that is off center, and the ends are left unfinished. It is dark blue with a diamond in the center and a wide stripe at either end that was tied off to resist the light brown dye and the indigo dye.