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unknown Kirdi
Kirdi Primary

Dibul Kouan (Beaded Apron)

Second quarter 20th century
Woven, sewn, and beaded cloth with fiber, glass, and cowrie shells

with ties out
9 in. x 30 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 77.47 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.30
Other Number(s): 83-48A (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Cameroon
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Tikar, Cameroonian, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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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.
  • beading - Trimming, furnishing, adorning, or covering textiles or objects with beads, or creating jewelry by stringing beads.
  • beadwork - Visual works comprising designs, patterns, or other arrangements of beads, typically stringed or attached to textile supports.
  • cache-sexe - Main garments worn by women, primarily in Africa, to cover the genitals, often consisting of pendant elements made of metal or vegetal matter that hang from a cord tied around the waist or hips; may also be made of cloth and some element may pass between the legs.
  • Cameroonian - Style and culture of the nation of Cameroon, lying at the junction of western and central Africa.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • Tikar

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • with ties out Dimensions: 9 x 30 1/2 in. (22.86 x 77.47 cm)

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0121339.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 204-205.
  • Michael Oehrl, "Girding the Loins of the Kirdi." HALI Magazine 181 (Autumn 2014): HALI, Lonon, England. 74-79.
  • Michael Oehrl, "Original oder Fälschung: Perlenschurze der Kirdi (Nord-Kamerun) – bis zum Ende der deutschen Kolonialzeit eine Seltenheit." Kunst&Kontext: Außereuropäische Kunst und Kultur im Dialog no. 13 (2017):

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<ref name=BMC>cite web |url= |title=Dibul Kouan (Beaded Apron) |author=Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections |accessdate=3/27/2023 |publisher=Bryn Mawr College</ref>

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