Cut-pile embroidered cloth - ROM2019_17315_29


Cut-pile embroidered cloth

Maker: Unidentified Kuba (Bakuba) maker
Medium:Embroidered raffia
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: Collected 1891-1911
33 cm x 63.5 cm
Object number: 939.2.10
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

These elaborate cut-pile raffia textiles, also known as "kasai velvets" were woven by men and embroidered by women. The square panels could be sewn together and used, among other things, as ceremonial dress, as covers for stools or as shrouds for deceased rulers.

This rectangular panel is intricately decorated with concentric diamond shaped designs, connected by diagonal strips with square and triangular motifs. The pattern is irregular, resulting in mesmerizing visual effects. The panel is bordered and decorated with raffia pompoms around the edges.

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