Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Ndebele peoples
  • skirt, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Zimbabwe
  • cotton
  • Object Length: 71 cm
    Object Length: 27 15/16 in
  • Gift of Sue Schuessler
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0271

The wraparound style unbleached cotton pleated skirt has a wide waistband which continues as ties.

It was intended to be worn when a healer is calling sangoma (ancestral) spirits or when sangoma (ancestral) spirits are possessing a healer.