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.
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