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A variety of superb African textile art is represented here, with a emphasis on the fascinating Kuba raffia cloth appliqués and embroideries of the Congo.  Sizes range from the small geometric "Kasai velvets" to  eighteen foot long raffia dance skirts. 

The length and width of raffia weavings was limited by the length of the raffia fibers.  Thus raffia pieces were made as small mats; two or more of these were sewed together to make longer pieces. 

To see textile art from other parts of the world, go to our HOME page.

NOTE:  Click on the title or inventory numbers below for full views and large details of each textile.   



An Ashanti chief at Kumasi in his full regalia.  Venice Lamb, West African Weaving, London, 1975.  




Left: 
Raffia costumes from Loango.  From Olfert Dapper, 
Description de l'Afrique, 
Amsterdam, 1668.



Ndengese Waist Wrap
Kuba.  The Congo
24½"x 72½"
Raffia flat stitching
W-9486

 


Lega Bwami Ceremonial Hat
The Congo
7"x 10"
Vegetable fiber with shells, seed pods,
buttons and hornbill
W-8729


N'gongo Skirt

Kuba.  The Congo
25"x 174" (14'6")
Raffia appliqué
W-9531


Kuba Skirt
The Congo
34"x 15'11"
Raffia with embroidery
W-9529

Bambara Hunter's Ceremonial 
Costume
Mali.
63"x 42"plus fringe
Cotton, leather amulets and fringes, 
cowrie shells
W-5896



Kuba raffia pile embroidered mats

A selection of smaller cut-pile cloths from the Congo. Also small embroidered waist wraps.

Kuba Belt
The Congo
5"x 75"
Cowrie shells and beading
W-3056


Wedding Basket
Ethiopia
11½"x 6½"
Coiled raffia, covered with leather
W-9494

Shoowa Waist Wrap
Kuba. The Congo
21"x 47½"
Raffia cut pile embroidery
W-5272


Raffia Skirt
Kuba.  The Congo
25"x 156" (13')
Raffia with tie-dye decoration
W-9528


Shoowa Waist Wrap
Kuba. The Congo
24"x 45½"
Raffia cut-pile embroidery
W-7563


M'bute Pygmy Bark Cloth Paintings
A selection of paintings from the Ituri Rain Forest of the Congo


Yoruba Hat
Nigeria
7½"x 8"
Cotton fabrics and cowry shells
W-8540


Ndengese Skirt
Kuba.  The Congo
28"x 57"
Raffia embroidery
W-9455




African Masks and Sculptures
A collection of masks from various Sub-Saharan tribes


N'gongo Skirt
Kuba.  The Congo
29"x 13'2"
Raffia appliqué
W-9289





Ashanti Court in 1820, illustrated by Dupuis, the British envoy in Kumasi, Ghana. 

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Atlanta, Georgia 30306   USA

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