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Africa | Detail from a Kuba skirt ~ tceka | These types of skirts are made by the Ngeende, Bushoong and Ngongo people | Made from raffia they ncorporate appliqued "patches", embroidered shapes and patterns, openwork, tie-dye, cowrie shells, barkcloth and border elements.

Africa | Detail from a Kuba skirt ~ tceka | These types of skirts are made by the Ngeende, Bushoong and Ngongo people | Made from raffia they ncorporate appliqued "patches", embroidered shapes and patterns, openwork, tie-dye, cowrie shells, barkcloth and border elements.

Africa | Kuba people, DR of Congo | Section of a Skirt, Raffia Textile

Africa | Kuba people, DR of Congo | Section of a Skirt, Raffia Textile

Africa | Skirt ~ ncaka kot ~ from the Kuba people of DR Congo | Raffia, natural dyes | 2nd half of the 20th century

Africa | Skirt ~ ncaka kot ~ from the Kuba people of DR Congo | Raffia, natural dyes | 2nd half of the 20th century

Africa | Vintage Shoowa Raffia Skirt  Kuba.  The Congo.

Africa | Vintage Shoowa Raffia Skirt Kuba. The Congo.

Africa | Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt from the Bushong people of DR Congo | ca. early 20th century | Pounded and dyed inner bark (Ficus); piecing | This striking wraparound skirt was made for an aristocratic woman of the Bushong ruling group, possibly a member of the royal clan, since they were the only Kuba who were entitled to wear barkcloth, which was otherwise restricted to mourning and funerary rite.

Africa | Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt from the Bushong people of DR Congo | ca. early 20th century | Pounded and dyed inner bark (Ficus); piecing | This striking wraparound skirt was made for an aristocratic woman of the Bushong ruling group, possibly a member of the royal clan, since they were the only Kuba who were entitled to wear barkcloth, which was otherwise restricted to mourning and funerary rite.

Kuba, Ngeende Dance Skirt / from the amazing Hamill Gallery site.

Kuba, Ngeende Dance Skirt / from the amazing Hamill Gallery site.

Africa | Dance skirt from the Kuba people of DR Congo | ca. 1930 - 70 | Raffia; Appliquéd

Africa | Dance skirt from the Kuba people of DR Congo | ca. 1930 - 70 | Raffia; Appliquéd

Africa | Raffia Cloth | The Kuba people in D.R. Congo are known for their unique textiles. Raffia fibers are peeled from the leaves of the raffia palm and most often dyed with natural pigments. These long "skirts" are made of long lengths of the raffia fabric adorned with applique, piece-work, embroidery, and/or shells.

Africa | Raffia Cloth | The Kuba people in D.R. Congo are known for their unique textiles. Raffia fibers are peeled from the leaves of the raffia palm and most often dyed with natural pigments. These long "skirts" are made of long lengths of the raffia fabric adorned with applique, piece-work, embroidery, and/or shells.

Kuba Long Panel - KUBA Long Panel 203 49" x 21" $200 This special wrap was worn outside, or on top of, the long dance dresses for added decoration and prestige. Made from raffia.

Kuba Long Panel - KUBA Long Panel 203 49" x 21" $200 This special wrap was worn outside, or on top of, the long dance dresses for added decoration and prestige. Made from raffia.

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