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African textiles are numerous, but few have reached the fame of Kuba velvet, shoowa from Kasai or Ncak nsueha Bushoong, which have acquired their letters of nobility within tribal art. Georges Meurant has devoted several books to their subjects.


Raffia fabric
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Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these prestigious rolled mats are made of a dense, tightly woven textile of raffia fibers. They took value as currency, or could still intervene in the payment of the dowry.
It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the weaving technique to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of blacksmithing. It was the men who softened the fibers of young palms and bark into long threads, a delicate and laborious exercise that took several months. The embroideries were then the prerogative of women, originally pregnant women. It was the Bushoong women, a Kuba sub-tribe from which the king nyim was chosen, who adorned the cloth with cowrie shells, embroidered designs, or ...


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Textile Pongo
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Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw with their fingers or plant stems patterns similar to the tattoos worn by tribal members. On this thick specimen, grids of different sizes were drawn on the light background, with lines connecting each of them. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link with the polyphonic songs with which the Mbuti pygmies of Ituri address God. Texture with a woolly touch. The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (called tapa in Oceania) decorated ...


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Textile Pongo
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Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw designs similar to the tattoos worn by tribal members. On a thin brown background, dark gray and dark blue patterns are evenly drawn. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs are also said to be related to the polyphonic songs with which Ituri pygmies address God. Edges removed, fibers spread at the knots of the bark.
The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (called tapa in Oceania) decorated with more complex symbols called murumba or ...


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Kuba fabric
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba fabric

Prestigious fabrics among African Kuba art objects.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, are made of a textile base of raffia. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they were used as currency, or followed their owners to the grave, covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the weaving technique to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of blacksmithing. It was the men who softened the fibers of young palms ...


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Kuba Textile
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba Textile

The African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a raffia textile base on which the geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they were used as currency, or followed their owners to the grave, covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of blacksmithing. It was the men who softened the fibers of young ...


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Etoffe Pongo of The Pygmies of Ituri
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Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw with their fingers or plant stems patterns similar to the tattoos worn by tribal members. On this example, grids of different sizes were drawn on the light background, lines connecting each of them. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link with the polyphonic songs through which the Mbuti pygmies of Ituri address God. Thick texture with a woolly touch. The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (called tapa in Oceania) decorated with ...

Shoowa velvet panel from Kasai
African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba velvet

The African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut short, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts in tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the ethnic group's body scarifications or the decorations of sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they were used as currency, or followed their owners to the grave, covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba ...


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Etoffe Kuba Ntcak Nuseha Bushoong
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Prestigious fabrics among Kuba.
African art objects. Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who ...

Etoffe Ntcak Nuseha Bushoong Kuba
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Prestigious fabrics among Kuba.
African art objects. Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who ...

Showa velvet panel from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba velvet

The African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut short, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts in tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the ethnic group's body scarifications or the decorations of sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they were used as currency, or followed their owners to the grave, covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba ...

Etoffe Nshak, Ncak, Bushoong Kuba
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Pagne Kuba

Prestigious fabrics among Kuba African art objects Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, sub-group Kuba, these fabrics forming real paintings of primitive art, are made of a textile base in raffia. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or take up the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who ...


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Shoowa woven panel from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba Textile

The African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a raffia textile base on which the geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they were used as currency, or followed their owners to the grave, covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of blacksmithing. It was the men who softened the fibers of young ...

Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics, which form real paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the ...

Etoffe Kuba Ntcak Nsueha Bushoong
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Prestigious fabrics among Kuba.
African art objects. Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometrical patterns formed refer to the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who ...

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Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics, which form real paintings of primitive art, are made of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the ...

Kasai s Shoowa woven panel
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...


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Kasai Shoowa Velvet Panel
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...


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Etoffe Pongo of The Pygmies of Ituri
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Textile Pongo

Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw with their fingers or plant stems patterns similar to the tattoos worn by tribal members. In this example with its dense, velvety fiber, linear patterns have been drawn on the light background. Small holes at the height of the knots of the bark.
The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link with the polyphonic songs with which the Mbuti pygmies of Ituri address God. Soft touch texture. The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth ...

Shoowa Kuba woven panel from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba sub-group, these fabrics, which form true paintings of prime art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts in tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had ...

Kasai s Showwa Kuba woven panel
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Velours Kuba

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba sub-group, these fabrics, which form true paintings of prime art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut flush, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts in tone. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had ...

Shoowa Kuba panel from Kasai
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Kuba Textile

African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving. Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, Kuba sub-group, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the ground. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of ...





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