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unknown Kuba (Congolese)

Cut-Pile Embroidery Panel

ca. 1980's
Raffia fiber, dye

46.5 x 21.75 in. (118.11 x 55.245 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2017.6.26
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Kuba, Congolese, Central African, African

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  • Central African - Nationality, styles, and culture of the people of the nation of the République centrafricaine.
  • Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • cut pile - Pile having cut ends instead of loops.
  • embroidering - Refers to the process in which a needle and thread or fine wire are used to stitch decorative designs into cloth, leather, paper, or other material. It may also refer to the process used to create machine-made imitations of hand-made embroidery. For the weft patterning technique of weaving raised patterns on a woven textile, use "brocading."
  • Kuba - Describes works created by the African people of the same name living in the central Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • raffia - Strong fiber from leafstalks of palms of the genus Raphia, native to Africa and other places. Raffia fibers are used in their natural state by splitting apart thick sections and knotting the ends together. The fibers are a pale cream color and are often dyed to bright colors. Raffia is used to make skirts, woven into baskets, hats, bags, and mats. It is also used to make a fine grade of paper similar to Japanese papers.
  • textiles - General term for carpets, fabrics, costume, or other works made of textile materials, which are natural or synthetic fibers created by weaving, felting, knotting, twining, or otherwise processing. For works of art or high craft that employ textile as a medium, prefer "textile art (visual works)."

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Comparanda List
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  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 196-197.

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The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 196-197.
  • Rosyln Adele Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009), 290-291.
  • Suzanne Preston Blier, The Royal Arts of Africa: The Majesty of Form (London, England: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1998), 242-248.
  • Monni Adams, "Kuba Embroidered Cloth." African Arts 12, no. 1 (November, 1978): 24-39, 106-107.

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