Textiles Of Africa

In the Democratic Republic of congo, formally known as Zaire, the Kuba people weave beautiful  textiles using fibers from the raffia palm. There textiles are recognizable by there distinct geometric, linear designs like the example shown here. These designs were of great influence to former artists such as Matisse and Picasso. This piece has a raised surface and is known as Kuba Kasai velvet.

Equally fabulous are the Kente clothes from Ghana. These beautiful clothes are woven in short strips and then sewn together to create a larger piece. Legend suggests the Kente cloth weavers learned there skill from a spider, Anansi, a significant figure in African folklore.

 

Thanks to Tisha Singer for sharing theses with us!

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