Framed African Textile with Black Frame
Vintage Kuba Textile from the Congo, formerly Zaire, are uniquely different for the complexity of design as this one has the most unusual asymmetrical border. this variation is rectangular and exemplifies the artistic geometric variation that is fringed on all sides.
Just like in art form, jazz in particular, the fabric has a haunting call and repeat that suspended in the pattern. Woven initially for kings to show their wealth and status, it was then used for special occasions. The men are typically responsible for the raffia palm cultivation and the weaving of the raffia cloth. Women then take the cloth and apply the surface decoration.
At this point it’s impossible to accurately date the cloths. This one can be hung vertically or horizontally.