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cache-sexe (pubic covering)
  • Karamojong peoples
  • cache-sexe (pubic covering), late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Uganda
  • goat skin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 74.5 x 21 cm including ties
    Object Length/Width: 29 5/16 x 8 1/4 in including ties
  • Gift of Sandra Gray
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4193

The narrow, trapezoidal shaped beaded apron or cache-sexe. It is made from goat skin that has dark brown and white hair. There are two pieces of goat skin sewn together to make the main portion of the cache-sexe and there are two long strips sewn to the top corners. At the ends of each strip there is a triangular piece of goat skin that is beaded and smaller strips of skin for tying. The main portion of the cache-sexe is covered in vertical stripes of brightly colored beadwork. Proper right to proper left, the upper set of stripes are red-green-red, orange-blue-orange, orange-blue-orange, and red-green-red. At the top of each of those stripes are small sections of beadwork that are yellow-blue-yellow. The lower portion of the cache-sexe has thinner stripes that are green-blue, green-yellow, blue-orange, green-yellow, and green-blue. On the triangular pieces at the ends of the strips the borders are beaded with blue and yellow beads.