KUBA LONG PANEL 89, DRC

Photographs © Matt Mrachek

KUBA, Long Panel 89, 3'5" x 19.5", $300, DRC

These panels are portions of what were long raffia skirts called Tcaka, made by the Ngeende, Bushoong and Ngongo peoples. They incorporate appliqued "patches", embroidered shapes and patterns, openwork, tie-dye, cowrie shells, barkcloth and border elements. The appliqued "patches" originally repaired holes, then developed into traditional design motifs. .Most are covered with geometric symbols; many are restrained, subtle and rhythmic designs using one technique; others create amazing quilt-like assemblages of old pieces of many forms.

The long cloths were wrapped around many times and worn as a skirt or dress by men and women. These are single panels of such a dress wrap. We have many full-length skirts in our gallery and on the website.

CARE: The cloth is not fragile and can be pinned onto a wall or panel for display. To eliminate wrinkles, the cloth can be misted with water, and then gently ironed on the back.

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