African Kuba or Shoowa Cloth – £280
An early African Kuba or Shoowa cloth, the brown and yellow dyed raffia palm fibres cut-pile embroidered to form a variation of ancient chevron, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Collected by Matisse, Klimt and Klee, Congolese Kuba cloths also known as ‘Shoowa’ cloth greatly influenced early C20th art. For further details see Picton, John and Mack, John, African Textiles. London: The British Museum, 1979. Also see Meurant, Georges, Shoowa Design: African Textiles from the Kingdom of Kuba, 1986.