Old Fine Kasai velvet from Kuba people, Congo.
Superbly rendered artistic Shoowa cloth - originally acquired to frame and use as wallart.
The number of patterns on this piece make it remarkable!
Made of palm Raffia Vinifera by a long complex process that requires the participation of men, women and children of the family. Each piece must be soaked, beaten, worked and scraped by hand to acquire the fine & floppy character.
72 x 65 cm
Estimated to be from the mid 1900s.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.