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unknown Kirdi
Kirdi Primary



Dibul Kouan (Beaded Apron)

1960-1980
Woven, sewn, and beaded cloth with fiber and cowrie shells

10 1/4 in. x 29 1/4 in. (26.04 cm x 74.3 cm)
Gift of Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.32
Other Number(s): 83-48C (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Cameroon
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Tikar, Cameroonian, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
Traditionally, the cache-sexe was the principle article of clothing for Tikar women, and its decoration could reflect the wearer's creativity, artistic virtuosity, and cultural identity. The contrasting colors of the beads and the musicality of cowry shells would both conceal and draw attention to the pelvic region of the young woman who wore such an apron. Following the independence of Cameroon in 1960s, new laws required that women cover their bodies more fully.

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