Aloes have been cultivated for thousands of years and usually grow in mountainous areas. More about this plant on www.kew.org
Related object in the collection
Embroidered bark cloth
On display in Room 25
This design was created on a rectangular piece of bark-cloth using raffia stitching, pigment and different colours of bark-cloth.
The predominant motifs are the aloe vera plant, local houses and kneeling women. The focus of this work is on the medicinal value of 'ekigaji', the aloe vera plant.
Mountain aloe © Richard Wilford, Stephen Ruddy, RBG Kew
Embroidered bark cloth entitled Ekigaji (Aloe vera), made by Proscovia Nabwami, 2008 © Trustees of the British Museum