University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Pile Cloth, Textile [Object of the Day-#83]

By: Gabrielle Niu

Embroidered Pile Clothe
Embroidered Pile Cloth from Zaire, Africa.

This embroidered pile cloth is made by the Bushongo in Zaire, Africa. The design includes squares of angular lines which, create different patterns. Similar patterns are arranged diagonally from each other and are bordered by a brown cloth, on three sides.  Embroidery is a technique used to decorate fabric and often involves using needle and thread to create patterns, like the ones visible on this pile cloth.

Penn Museum Object #AF1438

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