unknown Kuba (Congolese)
Ncaka Kot (Woman's Overskirt)Early 18th century
Woven minyoa raffia
17 in. x 7 1/2 in. (43.18 cm x 19.05 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.6.2
Other Number(s): P17 (Plass Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Western Kasai, Central Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Outerwear
Culture/Nationality: Likely Ngeende or Kete, Kuba, Congolese, Central African, African
Collection: Plass Collection
This object has the following keywords:
African*, Central African*, cloth*, Congolese*, embroidery*, Kuba*, Northern Kete*, raffia*, weaving*
- 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 - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
- cloth - Generally, textile that is woven, felted, knit, pounded, or otherwise made into a flat piece. For textile in the form of continuous strands made from filaments of fiber by reeling, spinning, twisting, or throwing, see "yarn."
- Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- embroidery - Refers to works characterized by a pattern or design executed in stitches using thread or fine wire. The designs are typically executed on textiles, but leather, paper, or another media may also be used; the designs may be intended to be framed, or to decorate apparel, bed linens, furniture coverings, pillows, altar cloths, ceremonial hangings, or other items.
- Kuba - Describes works created by the African people of the same name living in the central Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Northern Kete - Describes works created by the African people of the same name living in Democratic Republic of Congo. The Northern Kete are geographically and culturally distinct from the Southern Kete.
- 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.
- weaving - Generally, the process of interlacing strands or strips of various materials, such as cane, textile, or twigs, to make materials or objects such as wicker, cloth, baskets, or wreaths. Specifically used for the process of making textile on a loom or other weaving device by interlacing warp and weft in a particular order.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- African Art from the Collection of Margaret Feurer Plass '17 Bryn Mawr College , May 19, 1990 – Oct 1, 1992
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0177898.
Frisk & Borodin Appraisers,
Inventory and Appraisement Belonging to the Estate of Margaret Barton Plass, Deceased. 7 March 1990
Bryn Mawr College Special Collections.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 1990
Page Number: 2, Figure Number: 17
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0022515.
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