Medium: One of a Kind Kuba Kloth with Hand Carved Wood Frame Dimensions (in): 25" x 25" Dimensions (cm): 63.5 x 63.5 Region: Zaire (also known as Congo) Tribe: Kuba Tribe Availability: In Stock Item Number: D005 Condition: Excellent Certificate of Authenticity Provided
York's Shona Gallery presents "Kuba Kloth," a hand crafted, lightweight, wall piece perfect for a contemporary or traditional home.
Kuba kloth, a nineteenth-century fabric, is woven from raffia palm fibers. It was traditionally used in dowries, and the larger ones were used as festive attire at funerals. In fact, these kloths are renown worldwide for being of high quality in both design and technical achievement. Kuba kloths had been shown in early African art shows in Paris that the famous modernist Matisse may have attended, and he owned several Kuba kloths in his collection. Matisse’s correspondence indicates their inspiration for the paper cutouts, such as the 1951 Snow Flowers, that were his final major works. After hanging panels of the Kuba textiles across his studio walls, Matisse wrote in letters to his sister that he often looked at them for long periods, waiting for something to come to him.
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