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unknown Shoowa
Kuba Primary

Cloth with Appliqué

1990 - 1999
Raffia fiber, dye

17 x 156 in. (43.18 x 396.24 cm)
Bryn Mawr College Purchase

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.6.35.13
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Kuba, Congolese, Central African, African

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • appliqué - Technique of forming a design by applying cut out pieces of a material to a ground material; generally associated with needleworking, but also used in ceramics, leatherworking, woodworking, and metalworking.
  • 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.
  • Shoowa - Refers to works produced by the African ethnic group of the same name, inhabiting the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • textile art - Visual works, particularly works of art or high craft, that are created from textile materials, which are plant, animal, and synthetic fibers used in weaving, sewing, knitting, felting, knotting, etc. Textile art uses exclusively, or nearly exclusively, textiles as both the support and media, if any media are applied. Embroidery is a textile art, because the support is textile and also the material used to create the design is a textile. However, in another example, oil paintings are generally painted on canvas, which is a textile material: but oil paintings are not considered textile art because the medium is paint.
  • 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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  • Object Dimensions: 17 x 156 in. (43.18 x 396.24 cm)

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  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 193.

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