Kuba raffia cloth (Front view)

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Item : Kuba raffia cloth, Picture : Front view (approx. 49 Kbytes)

This old raffia cloth was used as a wedding present (a dowry). As among other groups neighbor of the Kuba, men are alone responsible for all stages of the preparation of fiber and completion of weaving. It consists of embroidered and appliquéd motifs, in which each symbol is named to correspond to the shape it represents. The raised patterns on this cloth were produced by a technique of « cut pile » embroidery.
Late 19th / early 20th century.

Object #4293

Origin :

D. R. Congo (Kasai River area)

Type :

Jewellery and materials

Ethnic group :

Kuba (Bushoong)

Material :

Raffia, natural pigments

Size :

W = 21.2 inches; H = 19.2 inches

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