Pair of shoes

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Object Name
Bitter Kola
Label Text
Needlepoint slippers were typically worn with the "kabbah slot" dress. Krio women did needlepoint in wool yarn on canvas. The tops are done toe to toe > < on one canvas. This form is called a “house” locally. The individual designs also have names, this one is "Bitter Kola." When the needlepoint is finished the edges of the canvas are cut away, the back is sewn together and the fabric is lined. A male leatherworker then attaches the top to a leather sole.
Pair of shoes with needlepoint tops and leather soles and an overall repeat pattern in blue and white wool yarn.
Family of Cloris Davis, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1920s
Lucille Chaveas, collected in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2003 to 2013
Female use
geometric motif
National Museum of African Art
Sarah Bola Clarkson
Krio artist
Credit Line
Gift of Lucille M. Chaveas, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, 2001-2004
Cotton needlepoint canvas, wool, dye, leather
Each, L x W x D: 26.7 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm (10 1/2 x 4 x 3 in.)
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Freetown, Sierra Leone
ca. 1973
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