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Africa | Mbuti barkcloth.  Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo

Africa | Mbuti barkcloth. Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo

Africa | Kuba people, DR of Congo | Section from an appliqué raffia textile

Africa | Kuba people, DR of Congo | Section from an appliqué raffia textile

Mbuti Pygmy Barkcloth, Pongo Ituri Forest, DR Congo 20th century Pounded ficus bark painted with natural pigments 82 x 37 cm (32 1/4" x 14 1/2")

Mbuti Pygmy Barkcloth, Pongo Ituri Forest, DR Congo 20th century Pounded ficus bark painted with natural pigments 82 x 37 cm (32 1/4" x 14 1/2")

Africa | Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt from the Bushong people of DR Congo | ca. early 20th century | Pounded and dyed inner bark (Ficus); piecing | This striking wraparound skirt was made for an aristocratic woman of the Bushong ruling group, possibly a member of the royal clan, since they were the only Kuba who were entitled to wear barkcloth, which was otherwise restricted to mourning and funerary rite.

Africa | Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt from the Bushong people of DR Congo | ca. early 20th century | Pounded and dyed inner bark (Ficus); piecing | This striking wraparound skirt was made for an aristocratic woman of the Bushong ruling group, possibly a member of the royal clan, since they were the only Kuba who were entitled to wear barkcloth, which was otherwise restricted to mourning and funerary rite.

A womans appliqued raffia skirt  Date:mid 20 cent.  purchased in 1968. Booshong Kuba people, Congo

A womans appliqued raffia skirt Date:mid 20 cent. purchased in 1968. Booshong Kuba people, Congo

Africa | Barkcloth (lioncloth) ~ 'Pongo' ~ from the Mbuti people of the Iturri Forest, DR Congo | Pouned bark, and natural plant dye | 20th century

Africa | Barkcloth (lioncloth) ~ 'Pongo' ~ from the Mbuti people of the Iturri Forest, DR Congo | Pouned bark, and natural plant dye | 20th century

Africa | Painted barkcloth, Pongo.   Mbuti People, Ituri Forest, Northeast DR Congo | Pounded ficus tree bark, plant dye | Collected in 1959 by the family of Pierre Thoma

Africa | Painted barkcloth, Pongo. Mbuti People, Ituri Forest, Northeast DR Congo | Pounded ficus tree bark, plant dye | Collected in 1959 by the family of Pierre Thoma

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