Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Ensemble

Date:
late 19th century
Culture:
African (Kuba peoples)
Medium:
cotton, shell, leather
Credit Line:
Purchase, Janet A. Sloane Gift Fund, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.413.1a–k
Not on view
Raffia fiber, harvested from the palm leaf, is used in almost all Kuba textiles and is a powerful emblem of security and continuity, symbolizing the bond of the living to each other as well as to the deceased. The intricately pieced checkerboard pattern and large size of this skirt reveal the prominent social status of the wearer.
Related Objects

Wedding ensemble

Date: 1864 Medium: cotton Accession: 26.250.2a–e On view in:Not on view

Ensemble

Artist: Louis Vuitton Co. (French, founded 1854) Date: fall/winter 1998–99 Medium: (a) rubberized cotton; (b) silk; (c, d) leather Accession: 1999.58a–d On view in:Not on view

Ensemble

Artist: House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Date: spring/summer 2011 Medium: cotton, synthetic, leather, metal Accession: 2013.157.1a–h On view in:Gallery 980

Ensemble

Artist: Vionnet S.p.A. (Italian, founded 2008) Date: spring/summer 2014 Medium: Silk, synthetic, leather, metal, cotton Accession: 2014.729a–f On view in:Gallery 980

Ensemble

Artist: Maison Martin Margiela (founded 1988) Date: spring/summer 2015 Medium: wool, silk, cotton, leather, synthetic Accession: 2015.541a–h On view in:Gallery 980