DRC, Congo-Oriental Kasai - End XIXth-Early XXth - Provenance Paul Gilman
Shoowa Man's Prestige Cloth ("Velvet") Kuba people Kasai, DR Congo Early XXth
Provenance: Paul Gilman a collector in Liège who had a lot of Kuba materials.
Raffia pile cloth (velour du Kasai)
Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kuba people
Hand woven raffia embroidered with natural and dyed raffia
Early XXth century
Size: 62cm X56 cm
The Kuba people of the Congo are well known for textiles such as this one, made from raffia and featuring interlocking knot designs. The men weave the cloth and the women embroider it. The characteristic pile – known as Kasai velvet or clipped pile cloth – is made by embroidering the cloth with soft, thin strips of natural and dyed raffia, which are clipped to make a velvet-like surface. The fabric is a prestige item traditionally used as ceremonial clothing and for exchange, especially as part of a marriage contract.
A collection from various sources, among them a fine lele mask, a complete Kuba costume, and more ..
This Velvet from David Norden's collection is sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees this velvet authenticity.
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