ceremonial kerchief or headwrapper

Dida people1950s

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

A small square of fabric made from minimally processed plant fibers using a plain oblique interlacing technique. All four edges of the fabric have been finished by working the fibers back into the body of the fabric and then tie-dying the fabric in such a way to give a crenellated 'pie-crust' edge. The center of the fabric has been lavishly decorated with a dynamic pattern of bars and points made by tie-dying the fabric. The fabric retains much of it three dimension shape from the dying procedure. The predominant colors are yellow, red and dark brown.This panel is not as finely made as the others considered for acquisition at this time but has much more texture and a more vivid and dynamic design than the group as a whole.

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  • Title: ceremonial kerchief or headwrapper
  • Creator: Dida people
  • Date Created: 1950s
  • Rights: No Known Rights Holder
  • Medium / Support: plant fiber (probably raffia) dye
  • External Link: See this object at www.imamuseum.org
  • Dimensions: 15 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 7/8 in.
  • Department: Textile and Fashion Arts
  • Credit Line: Gift of Thomas Murray by exchange
  • Accession Number: 2006.76