Ncaka Kot (Woman's Overskirt) with Embroideryca. 1960
Raffia fiber, dye
39 x 156 in. (99.06 x 396.24 cm)
Bryn Mawr College Purchase
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.6.35.14
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Outerwear
Culture/Nationality: Kuba, Bushong, Congolese, Central African, African
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
- 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.
- Kuba Kingdom
- 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.
- skirts - Main garments of varying length extending from the waist or hip and covering a part of the lower body. Also, the lower part of a dress, coat, or other garment.
- textiles - General term for carpets, fabrics, costume, or other works made of textile materials, which are natural or synthetic fibers created by weaving, felting, knotting, twining, or otherwise processing. For works of art or high craft that employ textile as a medium, prefer "textile art (visual works)."
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- Object Dimensions: 39 x 156 in. (99.06 x 396.24 cm)
Bibliography ListThe following Bibliography exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0180585.
Comparanda ListThe following Comparanda exist for this object:
- Joseph Cornet, "The Itul Celebration of the Kuba." African Arts 13, no. 3 (May 1980): 29-33, 92.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0022573.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0171180.
Related Bibliography ListThe following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 190-195.
- Joseph Cornet, "The Itul Celebration of the Kuba." African Arts 13, no. 3 (May 1980): 32.
- Monni Adams, "Kuba Embroidered Cloth." African Arts 12, no. 1 (November, 1978): 24-39, 106-107.
- Joseph Cornet, Art Royal Kuba (Milano: Edizioni Sipiel, 1982), 194-196. Figure Number: 218, 219
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