20 9/16 x 23 1/4 in. (52.3 x 59 cm)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kuba; made in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund, gift of Molly Stern Estate and Mrs. Harmar Brereton, by exchange
Location: Currently on view
Kuba people are renowned for their shoowa velvet, the creation of which is strictly divided along gender lines; men weave the cloth and women do the needlework. This incredibly time-consuming process can take several months to a year to reach completion on one panel. These panels are not made into clothing, but rather treated as currency and valued as treasured personal objects.
[Gallery label text, 2009]