Pan After Kuba Cloth 007
The Kuba people of central Congo are highly regarded for their raphia work, weaving 'dance skirts' on single-heddle looms. The panels are individually woven, they are decorated with different techniques; embroidery, appliqué patchwork, drawn-thread work with cowrie shells and bobbles, then sewn together to form one longer piece of cloth, always hemmed and naturally dyed.
These ceremonial long wrap-over skirts are worn by both men and women where the patterns differ for each sex. This particular piece is a man's skirt from the Kasai river area, featuring drawn thread and needle-weaving details with chequered appliqué.