Kuba (BaKuba) Tekstile, DR Congo
Batik & raffia, mixed design
L: 200 (79″) x W: 60 cm (23,6″)
Provenance: From Kenyan based art collector.
These unique antique textiles are made by the Kuba people in Congo. They are originally used as dance skirts at festive events. However this kind of textiles are also often used as decoration in the home. Every textile is a one-of-a-kind object which symbolizes political affiliations, rank and ritual use. Kuba textiles today are of great value – not least as decoration in the modern residence. With their beautiful patterns and high quality reflected in the talented craftsmanship they easy integrate with modern furniture and lifestyle.
The patterns of the textile are also found in the architecture and the tatoos of the Kuba people. The rich abstract and nonfigurative patterns were a great inspiration and eye opener for the early modern avantgarde in Europe at the beginning of the 20th Century. You see this in the works of Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Tristan Tzara.
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