KUBA BARKCLOTH TEXTILE 65, DRC

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

 KUBA
BARKCLOTH 65
44" high x 23.5" wide
DRC
$200

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 65 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 quilted or tufted and tasseled.

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 20" long tear at the edge of the left border (which could be taped shut on from the back) and other small tears. Some small tassels are missing from the left border and one of the four pieces of barkcloth does nor match the others.

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