KUBA SHOOWA TEXTILES 6 (131 - 145)

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 KUBA
Shoowa 132
19.5" x 20"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 133
23.5" x 22.5"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 134
23" x 24"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 136
24" x 22.5"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 137
21.5" x 18"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 138
24" x 22.5"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 139
26" x 20"
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 140
23" x 22"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 141
22.5" x 21"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 142
24" x 19"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 144
19.5" x 17"
$200

 KUBA
Shoowa 145
24.5" x 22"
$200
 

The textiles below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 KUBA
Shoowa 131
23.5" x 24"
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 135
20" x 19"
SOLD

 KUBA
Shoowa 143
22" x 20.5"
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

KUBA, SHOOWA TEXTILES, Democratic Republic of Congo

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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