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Komo Tribe Cache Sex or Apron

Tribe Dynasty

Komo

Country Of Origin

DRC

Region

Eastern Congo

Date

First half 20th century

Size

22 x 27 cms (8¾ x 10¾ ins)

Materials

Barkcloth

Technique

Stitched, gathered and folded

Condition

Very good condition

Provenance

ex Colette Ghysels, Belgium

This unusual apron or cache sex comes from the Congo. It is three narrow panels of barkcloth stitched together with fibre then gathered in the middle by threading several consecutive rows of wide fibre through the barkcloth and then pushing the cloth together on the wide fibre strips to create the bunched/pleated effect. The cloth was then folded over to create a double layer. A fibre string must have then been strung under the fold to hold it in place. This piece appears to never have been worn.

References

  • John Mack and others. for similar piece see "African Costumes and Textiles: From the Berbers to the Zulus" .pp.221, pl.146.. 5 Continents. Belgium. 2008
  • Collection no:28274. A similar piece is in the Field Museum

Price

Price on request

Reference No

849

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