Kuba Cloth 011
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 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 from the Ngongo people, featuring chequered patchwork and appliqué.
This antique and collectable piece is in good condition, there is some noticeable ageing at the edges.
Measures 60x 218cm.