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Creator Name: Kuba
Creator Nationality: African; Central African; Congolese
Creator Role: weavers
Creator Name-CRT: Kuba
Title: Skirt
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 20th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: woven
Materials and Techniques: tie-dyed raffia
Dimensions: L.224 x W.24 in.(irregular)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 89.111.1
Credit Line: The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Fund

In the Congo Basin of central Africa, raffia was traditionally the only fiber used for weaving. Bakuba weavers use the fiber as it comes off the palm leaf and thus raffia cloths are rarely more than four feet square. The individual squares are dyed and then sewn together to create opulent clothing. This skirt is made from nine pieces of tie-dyed raffia cloth. Long, patterned wraparound skirts like this one are garments of prestige for wealthy women.

AMICA ID: MIA_.89.111.1
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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