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Dida skirt, Ivory Coast
plaited raffia palm fiber that is resist-dyed and re-dyed
This is a tubular skirt that would have been worn by a Dida woman.
22" wide by 44" long

Used in various ceremonial occasions, textiles were highly prized by the Dida. and are quite rare
because they are no longer made.  They were made by plaiting strands of raffia in a unique and
complex process and giving them patterns by means of tied resists and dyeing them with natural dyes
derived from plant roots, leaves and minerals.

Condition report: some patches on the back of the skirt that are visible in the photos.

SOLD

Further information on these textiles can be found in the book:
African Textiles by John Gillow, Chronicle Books, 2003