KUBA SHOOWA TEXTILES, DRC



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"
$200




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"
$200



 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"
$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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