This rare and finely constructed flat weave raffia fibre textile is one of a small group of known examples to exist in European collections. This textile predates the Kuba Shoowa textiles, and exhibits a uniquely individual and beautifully freelance design with a complex interplay of geometric symbols and sense of rhythm and movement.
This textile, with its tight velvet-like surface, is thought to have served as a representation of wealth or a form of dowry.
Ex Private Collection, Belgium (Brussels)
Estimated Period: 19th Century