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

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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