Embroidered pile cloth. Natural color fiber pile cloth. Reddish-brown and tan diamond and rectangle patterns. Fiber fringe on right. Cloth with embroidered "pila". The red dye is made from camwood, the brown from charcoal, and the yellow from the wood of a tree called by the Bushongo BOA. The cloth (or the fibre for the "pile") is steeped in a solution of these dyes and then dried in the sun.
Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
[Article] Washburn, Dorothy K. 1990. Style, Classification and Ethnicity: Design Catagories on Bakuba Raffia Cloth. Transactions. 80 (3): 1-157. : Page/Fig./Plate: 116 Fig. V.29
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