KUBA SHOOWA TEXTILES ARCHIVES

introducing
HAMILL TRIBAL TEXTILES 
www.hamilltribaltextiles.com

The textiles below have all been SOLD. They are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For unsold pieces, please visit:

SHOOWA TEXTILES PAGE 4

SHOOWA TEXTILES PAGE 5

SHOOWA TEXTILES PAGE 6

Click on a name to see larger images

KUBA
Shoowa 1
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 2
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 3
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 4
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 5
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 6
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 7
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 8
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 9
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 10
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 11
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 12
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 13
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 14
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 15
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 16
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 17
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 18
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 19
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 20
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 21
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 22
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 23
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 24
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 25
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 26
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 27
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 28
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 29
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 30
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 31
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 32
SOLD



KUBA
Shoowa 36
SOLD
 

 

KUBA
Shoowa 37
SOLD

 

KUBA,
Shoowa 38
SOLD

 

KUBA,
Shoowa 39
SOLD

 

KUBA
Shoowa 41
SOLD



KUBA
Shoowa 42
SOLD
  



KUBA
Shoowa 44
SOLD
 



KUBA
Shoowa 45
SOLD
 



KUBA
Shoowa 47
SOLD
 



KUBA
Shoowa 48
SOLD
 

 KUBA
Shoowa 49
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 50
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 51
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 52
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 53
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 54
SOLD



 KUBA
Shoowa 55
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 56
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 57
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 58
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 59
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 60
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 63
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 64
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 65
SOLD

KUBA
Shoowa 66
SOLD

  KUBA
Shoowa 67
SOLD

  KUBA
Shoowa 68
SOLD

  KUBA
Shoowa 69
SOLD

  KUBA
Shoowa 70
SOLD

  KUBA
Shoowa 71
SOLD

  KUBA
Shoowa 72
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

KUBA, SHOOWA TEXTILES, ARCHIVES

The true jewels of textile art are the small Shoowa cut-pile cloths. Their compex interplay of geometric symbols, inventive rhythm and balance, uniquely individual designs and tight "velvet"surfaces created objects so mysteriously alluring the Kuba people traded them as currency and were the standard by which a family's wealth and status were judged. These raffia cut-pile cloths, woven by men, were embroidered by women with no stitching visible on the back. Highly prized for their inventive patterns, they are further embellished with tight tufting, leading to the nickname "Kasai velvet". They were sewn together for ceremonial dress and covered royal stools. As a sign of status and to provide for the afterlife they were buried with kings or those fortunate enough to own many.

These cloths are not fragile. They can be pinned to a wall, framed, or even used as a fabric for clothing or upholstery. Folds or wrinkles can be removed with careful misting and ironing from the back.

GO TO KUBA SKIRT PANELS 1 PAGE (10-46)

GO TO KUBA SKIRT PANELS 2 PAGE (47-86)

KUBA BARKCLOTH PAGE

KUBA LONG PANELS

KUBA SKIRTS PAGE 1 (1-6)

KUBA SKIRTS PAGE 2 (7-12)

KUBA SKIRTS PAGE 3(13-18) 

KUBA SKIRTS PAGE 4(19-24)

RETURN TO AFRICAN TEXTILES PAGE

GO TO KUBA BARKCLOTH TEXTILES PAGE 3

GO TO KUBA BARKCLOTH TEXTILES PAGE 4

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