"Kuba Kloth Panels"

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Medium: Kuba Kloth with Hand Carved Cherry Wood Frame
Height: 2.6 feet/31 inches, 77 centimeters
Length: 7.9 feet/95 inches, 241 centimeters
Region: Zaire (also known as DRC) Central Africa
Tribe: Kuba Tribe
Approximate Age: 52 years (1970)
Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately 
Item Number: D002
Collection: Decor
Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request
Provenance Report: "Kuba Kloth Panels"
Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged
Sourcing: Fair Trade
 Certificate of Authenticity Provided

These handcrafted nineteenth-century fabrics were woven from raffia palm fibers and used in dowries; the larger ones served as festive attire at funerals. In fact, these cloths are renown worldwide for being of high quality in both design and technical achievement. Kuba cloths had been shown in early African art shows in Paris that the famous modernist Matisse may have attended, and he owned several Kuba cloths 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.

This unique piece was hand made by the Kuba Peoples of Central Africa. No factories or machinery was involved in the production process, only artisans and hand tools with painstaking detail and precision. This piece is made out of natural materials and is free from any fillers, dyes, stains, or varnishes. There is ONLY ONE piece in existence--truly one of a kind.
Some more information about York's Shona Gallery:
• We are based in New York City and opened NYC's first African art gallery in 1985
• Family and Minority Owned & Operated
• Each Purchase Supports Tribes in Africa


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