Kuba Cloth 006
The Kuba people of central Congo are highly regarded for their raphia work, weaving 'dance skirts' on single-heddle looms. The panels are individually woven, they are decorated with different techniques; embroidery, appliqué patchwork, drawn-thread work with cowrie shells and bobbles, then sewn together to form one longer piece of cloth, always hemmed.
These long wrap-over skirts are worn by both men and women at dance ceremonies, but the patterns differ for each sex. This particular piece is a man's skirt from the Ngeende people, featuring chequered patchwork and appliqué.
This antique and collectable piece is in good condition, a complete skirt with little staining.
Measures 66 x 469cm.