Kuba Cloth 003


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 and naturally dyed.

These ceremonial long wrap-over skirts are worn by both men and women where patterns differ for each sex. This particular piece is slightly narrower than usual, featuring patchwork appliqué and contrast motifs. 

This antique and collectable piece is in good condition.

Measures 40 x 180cm.