This animal hide 'canvas' has been beautifully decorated with a series of abstract designs, symbols and formations that represent a mythical aerial view of a Iraqw landscape. These highly prized skirts were made by young girls as part of their initiation ritual known as Marmo. Through participation in Marmo, Iraqw girls transitioned from puberty into womanhood. Their beaded ceremonial skirts are a display of their skill, dexterity and artistic creativeness.
Such skirts are amongst the most elaborately decorated beaded costumes from the African continent.
Field collected in the 1990s
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (Or Before)
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