Long shoowa, textile (1) - Raphia - Kuba - Democratic Republic of Congo

Description
Long shoowa, textile (1) - Raphia - Kuba - Democratic Republic of Congo
2nd half 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

Beautiful textiles made by the Shoowa tribe from the Kuba Kingdom. The beautiful Shoowa textiles are an essential part of tribal Kuba culture. They are extremely laborious to make - men are in charge of the softening of the palm fibres and of the weaving, the women take care of the embroidery. The production of a single textile takes 4–6 months (!). The fascinating geometrical patterns always have a specific meaning - these patterns are also seen in body scarring of Kuba men and women.
Shoowa textiles are used as currency, or as means of trade, and are an essential part of the dowry.

Origin: received from my uncle who comes from Congo and is a (Ba) Kuba himself.
Recommended literature: Shoowa Design - African textiles from the kingdom Kuba - Georges

Will be sent by registered mail with Track&Trace.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Long shoowa, textile
Ethnic group/ culture
Kuba
Region/ country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Material
Raphia
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
0×86×64 cm
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