Loincloth, ntchak - Raphia - Kuba - Democratic Republic of Congo

Description
Loincloth, ntchak - Raphia - Kuba - Democratic Republic of Congo
2nd half 20th century - Good

These textiles were used as wraparound skirts; as prestige objects and as the most important part of the dowry. Ntchaks are made of raffia of the raffia-palm tree. It is tough and hard to work with material that first has to be soaked for weeks. then it has to be kneaded in order to soften the threads. This lengthy process, as well as the weaving was done by men - whereas the embroidery and other sorts of embellishments were done by women. The process of making a Ntchak of this size could take months!

Provenance: I purchased it myself in Mweka (2014) while on a tour.

Literature: Art Royal Kuba - Joseph Cornet .f.s.c.

Registered shipment with track and trace.

Lot details
Object
Loincloth, ntchak
Ethnic group/ culture
Kuba
Region/ country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Material
Raphia
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
0×80×70 cm
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