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Kuba Textile Raffia Tapestry

Kuba Textile Raffia Tapestry

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Part of the Studio 9 Living Unique Finds collection. These handmade tapestries, were made following the tradition appliqué method of the Bakuba community of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where representative art has flourished for centuries, carvers and crafts people have typically taken for their subjects human figures, animals, plants, and elements of the natural world. Abstract art, meanwhile, has remained marginal. The textiles of the BaKuba (Kuba) people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are an exception. Although part of a tradition that stretches back 400 years, Kuba textiles have a strikingly modern look. They use improvised systems of signs, lines, colors, and textures, often in the form of complex geometric rectilinear patterns. Their appliqués are reminiscent of works by 19th- and 20th-century masters like Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Penck, and Chellida. 

Appliqué is the most popular weaving technique among the Kuba. To create an appliqué, Kuba artists use a stencil to cut decorative designs out of a brightly colored cloth, and then sew or apply the designs onto a cloth of a different color. The designs are then placed on top of yet another cloth. Through this process, the artist has the freedom to create an almost unlimited variety of patterns and combinations.

Frame: Black Timber Frame
Kuba I- W 63cm, H 67cm 
Kuba II -  W 63cm, H 63cm 
Kuba III -  W 69cm, H 76cm 

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