KUBA SHOOWA TEXTILES 201-256, DRC

For dealers and serious collectors we offer the following quantity discounts:

1 panel: $200
2 panels: $180 each
3 panels: $160 each
4 panels: $140 each
5 panels: $120 each
10+ panels: $100 each



KUBA
Shoowa 201
23.5" x 21"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 202
19.75" x 19"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 203
22.75" x 20"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 204
21" x 19"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 205
19.75" x 21"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 206
20.5" x 19.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 207
23.5" x 23"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 208
22.25" x 22.25"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 209
25.5" x 22.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 210
21.5" x 19"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 211
20" x 18"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 212
19.75" x 18.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 213
24" x 17.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 214
22.5" x 22"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 215
22" x 21.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 216
22" x 20.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 217
24.25" x 18.25"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 218
22" x 21"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 219
27.5" x 27"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 220
26.5" x 27"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 221
23" x 22"
SOLD




KUBA
Shoowa 222
21.5" x 20.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 223
25" x 21.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 224
23" x 20"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 225
21.5" x 21"
SOLD



 KUBA
Shoowa 226
23.5" x 22.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 227
22.5" x 22.25"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 228
21.25" x 20.75"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 229
24" x 23.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 230
27" x 21"
SOLD




KUBA
Shoowa 231
26" x 25"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 232
21" x 18.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 233
23" x 21"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 234
23" x 20.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 235
27.5" x 25"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 236
27" x 24"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 237
22.5" x 20.5"
SOLD



 KUBA
Shoowa 238
22" x 20"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 239
21.5" x 20"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 240
24" x 22"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 241
21.5" x 19.5"
SOLD



KUBA
Shoowa 242
30" x 22"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 243
24.55" x 19.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 244
25" x 24"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 245
21.5" x 21.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 246
22.55" x 20.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 247
20" x 20.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 248
32.5" x 24"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 249
24" x 21"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 250
23.5" x 22"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 251
23" x 21"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 252
22.5" x 19.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 253
25.5" x 20.5"
$200



KUBA
Shoowa 254
22.5" x 21.5"
$200




KUBA
Shoowa 255
20.5" x 19.5"
$200



 KUBA
Shoowa 256
29" x 23.5"
$200

 

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

KUBA, SHOOWA TEXTILES, DRC

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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