Kirdi, Cameroon or Chad / Bead Apron / 20th centuryKirdi, Cameroon or Chad
Bead Apron
20th century

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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Kirdi, Cameroon or Chad
Title: Bead Apron
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 2000
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Cameroon, Chad, Africa
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Beadwork
Materials and Techniques: Glass, shell (cowrie), cotton
Dimensions: Height: 7 1/2"; length: 19"
Description: Rectangular female apron of very small cylinder disk and barrel-shape glass beads strung on brown-dyed cotton cord; pattern of seven horizontal rows of different color squares, each square with its own interior pattern in contrasting bead colors; beads red, light blue, green, orange, black and white; interior designs of stripes, X's, triangles, H's, crosses and small squares; bottom fringe of 40 cowrie shell dangles tied on cord with double row of barrel-shape blue beads; top binding extends as twisted waist tie at each end.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 2001.1.30
Credit Line: Gift of an anonymous donor, 2001
Context: A dance apron or skirt worn by Kirdi women at festivals. The best aprons are made by and commissioned from skilled bead workers. The aprons are meant to attract attention as well as to protect the wearer from bad luck. They are similar to the traditional bead cache sexe woven by Kindi women as a pubic covering. The Cameroon government now requires women to wear skirts, but cache sexe are still worn by some older women in mountain villages. The cache sexe are usually triangular with metal additions.
AMICA ID: BCM_.2001.1.30
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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