Excellent condition - 1950
Dimensions : 210 cm x 60 cm
WEAVING IN RAFFIA.
Kuba, Bushoong ethnic group.
Kuba: people of lightening.
The secrets of weaving and embroidering were revealed to the Kuba by the king Shamba Bolongogo (1600-1620) who was the son of a slave and who acquired this knowledge during multiple trips. The Bapendé taught him the weaving of raffia. Among the Bateke, what impressed him were the embroideries.
The inhabitants began to weave royal wraparound skirts and excelled in this field, so that they were named bambala, “the people of cloth”.
This was a very long time ago, since this kind of fabric exists at least since the 12th century. They only appeared in Europe at the 17th century.
The textiles can be offered by the community to the deceased. Through the wrapping of the body of the deceased, they recompose the network of his social alliances (parental and ethnic) allowing him to be recognised with dignity by his ancestors.
Textiles, when they are dance textiles, convey messages which are not destined to men but to gods and dead ancestors.
They are above all considered as a wealth by the Kuba and are not necessarily used for practical reasons. They represent an investment for the lineage. They are part of the treasure of the kingdom. These textiles are named Ntshak (women’s wraparound skirt) and are decorated by noble women, who are part of the Royal harem.
The craftsmanship of these textiles requires hours, and sometimes even years, and is very expensive.
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