Cut-pile embroidered cloth - 939.2.49_1

939.2.49_1

Cut-pile embroidered cloth

Maker: Unidentified Kuba or Songye maker
Medium:Palm fibre
Geography: Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
Dimensions:
71 x 36 cm
Object number: 939.2.49
Credit Line: This purchase was made possible with the support of The Reuben Wells Leonard Bequest Fund and the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Not on view
DescriptionCut-pile embroidered raffia cloth used as prestige currency in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The base is a simple cloth weave, decorated with intricate embroidery, resulting in complicated and irregular diagonal geometric patterns. Many of the embroidered stitches are cut to form a velvet-like pile which combines with the uncut embroidery in the designs.
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