KUBA BARKCLOTH TEXTILE 64, DRC

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

 KUBA
BARKCLOTH 64
58" high x 23" wide
DRC
$250

These special wraps were worn outside, or on top of, the long dance dresses for added decoration and prestige. The central area is barkcloth, made by beating a layer from just under the tree bark until it is thin and pliable.

Number 64 is painted in typically Kuba geometric abstract patterns, similar to those on their barkcloth dance costumes. One end and the two sides are embellished with raffia borders, which are tie-dyed.

CARE: The cloth is not fragile and can be pinned onto a wall or panel for display, or framed like a work on paper.

CONDITION: There is a 12" torn seam at the left border, a 6" torn seam on the bottom ( both of which could be taped shut on the back} and small tears or holes overall.

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