This raffia cloth is a woman's overskirt (called ncaka kot),
worn by the Kuba for special occasions and funerals. These skirts
were worn by family and friends to celebrate the life of the
deceased. As among other groups neighbor of the Kuba, men are alone
responsible for all stages of the preparation of fiber and completion
It consists of embroidered and appliquéd motifs, in which each
symbol are named to correspond to the shape it represents.
End of 19th century / early 20th century.
Origin : Purchased from Yves Develon, Paris
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