University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: AF1430
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Bushongo
Pianga
Provenience: Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:African
Materials:Fiber
Length: 53cm
Width: 65cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number317 - Other Number

Description

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.


Bibliography:

[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.29View Objects cited in this Publication

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