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Presenting a gorgeous piece of West African Tribal Art, namely an early 20th century Congolese large Kuba framed textile which has been framed under glass.
Made in the Congo by the Kuba people (who are famous for their beautiful textiles) circa 1920. The frame is more modern and probably from the 1970s-1980s.
Kuba textiles are unique in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, for their elaboration and complexity of design and surface decoration. Most textiles are a variation on rectangular or square pieces of woven palm leaf fibre enhanced by geometric designs executed in linear embroidery and other stitches, which are cut to form pile surfaces resembling velvet. Women are responsible for transforming raffia cloth into various forms of textiles, including ceremonial skirts, ‘velvet’ tribute clothes, headdresses, and basketry.
Kuba textiles demonstrate a taste for interrupting the expected line; they compose through juxtapositions of sharply differing units and abrupt shifts of form.
H x 61.5 cm W x 67 cm D x 2 cm
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