Ncaka kot / ntchak(ntshak) (Overskirt)1930's base fabric, modern embroidery with cowry shells added later
Raffia fiber, shell, dye
206 x 25 in. (523.24 x 63.5 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2018.6.22
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Outerwear
Culture/Nationality: Shoowa, Kuba, Central African, African
This object has the following keywords:
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Central African - Nationality, styles, and culture of the people of the nation of the République centrafricaine.
- cowrie shell - Shell of any of numerous marine gastropod mollusks of a family widely distributed in warm seas; beautifully polished, often brightly colored, and much used for ornament or as money.
- Kuba - Describes works created by the African people of the same name living in the central Democratic Republic of Congo.
- raffia - Strong fiber from leafstalks of palms of the genus Raphia, native to Africa and other places. Raffia fibers are used in their natural state by splitting apart thick sections and knotting the ends together. The fibers are a pale cream color and are often dyed to bright colors. Raffia is used to make skirts, woven into baskets, hats, bags, and mats. It is also used to make a fine grade of paper similar to Japanese papers.
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