Kuba Cloth 025


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 woman's skirt from the Kasai river area, featuring drawn thread and needle-weaving details with cowrie shells and bobble embellishment. 

This antique and collectable piece is in good condition, a complete skirt with little staining. 

Measuring 84 x 460cm.