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Women's Loincloth
20th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: African; West African; Ivorian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Women's Loincloth
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 20th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: raffia (palm leaf)
Dimensions: L.45 x W.12-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 97.67.9
Credit Line: Gift of Nobuko Kajitani

Raffia cloth is a very labor-intensive textile to produce. Among the Dida people it is associated with old noble families who ruled and retained wealth and power, whereas common people would dress in beaten bark cloth. Raffia cloth was so desirable that elite households often supported women with exceptional weaving talents while they were producing this prestigious fabric. The resist tie-dye pattern on this garment would have been created by yet another specialist.

This garment was worn for ceremonial occasions when wealth and status were traditionally displayed. Originally it was probably worn as a skirt, but in the last few decades it has simply been tied around the waistline as a symbolic presence.

For more information on this textile see Material Witnesses, an interactive program located in the southwest corner of gallery 310. ICON

AMICA ID: MIA_.97.67.9
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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