Kuba Cloth 004


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 features patchwork appliqué in the centre with woven raffia detail on the edges. 

This antique and collectable piece is in good condition.

Measures 70 x 160cm.