Antique African Kuba Shoowa Cloth 5 Handwoven in the Congo DRC
Antique Kuba Shoowa Cloth - Handwoven in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Shoowa Cloth is often given as lobola (part of the dowry payment to the family of the bride), it was once used as currency, in special ceremonies, as chair or floor coverings and as symbols of wealth.
This intricately designed, plush cloth is made by the Shoowa people, a part of the Kuba tribal group. It is handmade by the women, and the patterns and design come directly from the individual artist. It is said that the Shoowa use at least two-thirds of the known geometric patterns. Shoowa Cloth is sometimes referred to as Kasai Velvet due to the velvety texture and the Kasai Region of the Congo where the originate from.
Currently, Shoowa Cloth is often framed, made into beautiful pillows or just used as a decorative accessory.
The condition is excellent with signs of the age of this authentic ceremonial textile.
18" X 19"