KUBA SHOOWA TEXTILES, DRC




KUBA
Shoowa 146
23.5" x 20.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 147
24" x 22"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 150
23.5" x 23.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 151
27" x 21.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 152
22" x 22"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 153
24" x 21"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 154
26" x 23"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 119
25.5" x 20.5"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 122
24.5" x 19"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 132
19.5" x 20"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 140
23" x 22"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 137
21.5" x 18"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 138
24" x 22.5"
$200

  KUBA
Shoowa 33
21"x 21"
$160

 KUBA
Shoowa 34
22"x 21"
$140

 KUBA
Shoowa 35
23"x 22"
$140

KUBA
Shoowa 40
25"x 21"
$160

KUBA
Shoowa 43
25"x 24"
$140

KUBA
Shoowa 61
21"x 21"
$160

 KUBA
Shoowa 62
17"x 19"
$160
 

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

KUBA, SHOOWA TEXTILES, DRC

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 they 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 complex 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.


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