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Raffia fabric (N° 21434)

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 beads.
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OriginColl. belge Beudin
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)fibres de raphia
Height cm90
Width5 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe

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