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Known as nshaks, these large decorative panels are traditionally used as skirts, wrapped many times around the wearer, during ceremonies. Nshaks are truly stunning when displayed as art in the home.
Each one-of-a-kind panel is woven from dyed strips of fiber extracted from the raffia palm. Artisans applique fabric onto the panel in a variety of geometric designs.
Panel #1 measures 151"L x 25"W. Panel #2 measures 152"L x 25"W. Panel #3 measures 116"L x 23"W. Panel #4 measures 121"L x 25"W.
The Kuba people of Zaire, formerly the Belgian Congo, specialize in the making of kuba textiles. Production of these textiles is a multiple stage process which involves the participation of children, men and women of the same clan. The process includes gathering and preparing the raffia fibers for weaving and embroidery, weaving the basic cloth unit, dyeing the embroidery fibers, and embellishing the woven cloth with embroidery, applique, patchwork and dye.