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Beaded “cache-sexe” or pubic apron

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Beaded “cache-sexe” or pubic apron

Culture Group: Kamba peoples (Kenya)
Culture: Kamba peoples (Kenya)
Date: 20th century
Medium: Glass beads, hide, and fiber
Dimensions:
20 1/16 x 8 1/4 inches (51 x 21 cm)
Classification: Textile
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Silberman
Label Text:Until a few decades ago, the wearing of goatskins by both men and women was widespread in rural Kenya. What distinguished the different ethnic groups was not so much the type of garment but rather its adornments, colors, and patterns. Kamba aprons typically are dominated by a field of white beads overlaid with small geometric patterns created with predominantly red beads. The triangular symbols refer to the shape of the traditional Kamba house (musonge).
Object number: 1976.79.31
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