Noblewoman's Skirt Ntchak
Kuba Kingdom, DR Congo
20th century
Raffia palm fiber, applique and embroidery, natural dyes
276 x 32 inches
710 x 81 cm

A complete skirt in excellent condition from a Belgian collection.
The designs flow across the length in a dynamic yet harmonious and lyrical manner.
Abstract figures in motion, a strong interplay of field and ground (positive/negative space) and kinetic interelated patterns are signs of a superior Kuba asrtist.

For reference see Weaving Abstraction by Vanessa Drake Moraga, The Textile Museum, Washington DC  2011

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