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unknown Ugandan


Bark cloth of ficus natalensis with embroidery

6 5/8 in. (diameter) (16.76 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.16.20
Geography: Africa, Uganda
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Household Accessories
Culture/Nationality: Ugandan, East African, African
Collection: Kilbride 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.
  • bark cloth - A non-woven textile made by beating the inner bark of certain trees and bushes until it is fine and soft. Bark cloth can be painted, stamped, embroidered, or cut and sewn as patchwork although it is relatively fragile, especially when wet. It was once used in almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, being reported as early as the mid-16th century in Liberia; today it is found in Ghana and Nigeria.
  • braided rugs
  • East African - Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
  • embroidering - Refers to the process in which a needle and thread or fine wire are used to stitch decorative designs into cloth, leather, paper, or other material. It may also refer to the process used to create machine-made imitations of hand-made embroidery. For the weft patterning technique of weaving raised patterns on a woven textile, use "brocading."
  • mats - Coverings, often textiles, laid on furniture for protection or decoration, used especially to keep heat or scratches from polished surfaces.
  • placemats - Small table mats on which individual place settings are laid.
  • sewing - Refers to the process of joining, attaching, repairing, enclosing, securing, or decorating cloth, leather, or other flexible materials with thread, cord, or other filament by means of a needle or awl. Its meaning overlaps with "stitching."
  • stitching - Refers to the process of creating stitches, which are the portions of thread left in fabric or another material by the in and out movement of a threaded needle through the thickness or surface of the material, or the loops of thread created on a needle in knitting or other needlework. Stitching is used for fastening, joining, closing, uniting, mending, or creating ornamentation. Its meaning overlaps with "sewing (needleworking techinique)."
  • Ugandan - The style and culture of the central African State, Uganda.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • The Philip L. Kilbride Memorial Exhibition Bryn Mawr College , Apr 5, 2013 – Jul 25, 2014

  • Owner Name: Gift of Philip Kilbride, Professor of Anthropology
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased/Collected
    Ownership Start Date: Last quarter 20th century
    Ownership End Date: 1999

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Minister of Culture and Community Development, Uganda Crafts: Kampala (Kampala, Uganda: Ministry of Culture and Community Development, 1965), 6, 17. Figure Number: B1b

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Minister of Culture and Community Development, Uganda Crafts: Kampala (Kampala, Uganda: Ministry of Culture and Community Development, 1965), 6, 17. Figure Number: B1b

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