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KUBA, BARKCLOTH TEXTILE 4, 47x18", $250, SOLD
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. Numbers 1-11 are painted in typically Kuba geometric
abstract patterns, similar to those on their barkcloth dance costumes. Numbers
12-15 are quilted from small triangular pieces. One end, usually, and the
two sides are embellished with raffia borders, which can be quilted, embroidered,
tufted, tie-dyed or tasseled.
CARE: The cloth is not fragile and can be pinned onto a wall or panel for display, or framed like a work on paper.
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