KUBA BARKCLOTH TEXTILE 51, DRC

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

KUBA 
BARKCLOTH 51
80" high x 28" wide
DRC
$800

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.This barkcloth is quilted from small triangular pieces. One end and the two sides are embellished with raffia borders, which are embroidered with typical geometric patterns.

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: This barkcloth textile has 7 small holes that barely show in the photographs. The worst ones are in the detail near the borders. There is a water stain in the right border area just above the seamed  short piece on the bottom. The cloth does not hang perfectly flat.

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