Framed Kuba Cloth Wall Art

Price
$1 895
Framed Kuba Cloth Wall Art

Textiles are very important to the Kuba. Nearly all the adult members of the society are involved in cloth production. The raffia used for the cloth is made from fibre taken from raffia palm leaves which must be stripped to narrow fibres. It is then woven on a loom by the Kuba men and subsequently beaten to soften the cloth. Women are responsible for the detailed work including the embroidery, patchwork, edgings and possibly any tie-dyeing. These cloths are worn as over skirts, called ‘ntshack’ if worn by a woman and ‘mapel’ if worn by a man. They are worn around the waist over a longer underskirt and secured by a belt. They are worn for important ceremonies and for dancing. They have a specific meaning when worn at funerals because raffia is a symbol of security and continuity for the Kuba, linking the living to each other as well as to the deceased. They may also be commissioned by a chief for a specific ceremonial occasion.

Product Code:
ARTWORK0482
Origin:
Democratic Rebuplic of Congo
Colour:
Natural
Finish:
Framed
Material:
Cloth
Size:
L 1900mm | W 1400mm

Care

Instructions

Wipe with a slightly damp cotton cloth to remove dust. Never use harsh chemicals to clean spots and spills. Wipe immediately to avoid moisture penetrating the wood.