Noblewoman's Skirt  ntchak
Bushong Kuba people
DR Congo
Early 20th century 
Raffia palm fiber, applique, embroidery
Natural dye

This finely executed and rare style of ceremonial skirt is assembled from long bands, each composed of small, individually appliquéd raffia panels.  Each panel is a brilliant composition, in balance with every other element, and unfolding as a lyrical whole within its orange frame.


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