Male titleholder’s wrapper (mapel) fragment - ROM2014_14159_3


Male titleholder’s wrapper (mapel) fragment

Maker: Kuba; Ngeende
Medium:Raffia, cotton, appliqué
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: mid 20th century
290 x 74 cm
Object number: 2012.20.13
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Not on view

Rough raffia palm leaf is shredded and woven smooth as silk. 3 metres of cloth are spiralled several times about the waist, and belted to create a layered, dense, monumental skirt to flaunt prestige. At dances, vigorous spinning projects the design before the crowd of thousands.

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