Kuba Cloth 027


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 a woman's skirt featuring needle-weaving details with cowrie shells, bobble embellishment and is naturally dyed. 

This antique and collectable piece is in good condition, a complete skirt with some natural fading due to its age. 

Measures 79cm x 270cm.