Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Tembu maker
  • skirt, 1925–1990
  • Where object was made: South Africa
  • wool, animal fur, buttons, shell, beading, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Height/Width: 106 x 185 cm
    Object Height/Width: 41 3/4 x 72 13/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • PG2008.066

Wrap skirt made from orange wool with a black line that is placed erratically due to seams on the skirt. Outside is fully covered in stripes following the lines of the skirt, in short brown animal fur, iridescent white shell buttons, pairs of iridescent white shell buttons inside thin black cotton lines, and white beaded zigzag between lines of black cotton and white beads. Vertical edges trimmed in white, black, and light blue beading.