VINTAGE AFRICAN 1950'S KUBA CLOTH

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VINTAGE AFRICAN 1950'S KUBA CLOTH

125.00

VINTAGE AFRICAN 1950’s KUBA CLOTH

this one is a gem. check out the red dye edging sewn over to create a border. the geometric design is enhanced by this super low cut pile & embroidered lines. this one has 6 different designs in one. I love it for its energy which is controlled thru the use of 3 colors. truly a piece of art.

Unique to the Congo region of Africa, these clothes are made of palm leaf fiber that is processed and woven by the men. The embroidery & appliqué is done by the woman. Check out the amazing geometric designs that are cut to form pile and resemble velvet. The pattern & repetition shift thru out these textiles. The Shoowa people are masters in this embroidery and weaving technique. The deep reds are derived from a tropical local hardwood and are believed to imbue magical & protective properties. We all need protective power but the sheer beauty of these textiles are enough. These clothes were once used as currancy, as status symbols, exchanged in dowries and used in funeral shrouds. 


It is beyond belief that these are woven by hand and that the geometric designs are created by eye. Take a close look and be amazed. These clothes are collected and hung as wall art. They are also used on table tops and made into pillows. 

measures: 18” by 22”

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