Cisakulo (Comb)

By: Adenike Cosgrove Tagged:


Combs (cisakulo) were used to detangle, style and decorate the hair of Chokwe men and women (however according to Marie-Louise Bastin, only men used combs to style their headdresses).1

Cisakulo were also inserted into hair to indicate social associations and status, personal wealth and/or ancestral history.

Distinguishing Features

1Two major categories of Cisakulo exist:

  • Sculpted combs in which figurative or geometric decorations are sculpted or cut from wood
  • Wooden teeth linked by weaving technique

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