TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List

Thursday, November 10, 2011

African Textiles on Sale

Vintage Kuba Hat on Rayela Art

I have a 25% off sale going on in my Etsy shop through Thanksgiving.  I've always loved African textiles and try to carry some in my shop on a regular basis.  For some reason, they seem to sit on Etsy...  Hopefully, this sale will help some gorgeous pieces find a new home.

The Kuba hat above has been a favorite by viewers, ending up in many treasuries in the past year.  Truly a gorgeous piece, it is probably from around the 1950's.  It comes from the Congo, an area in Africa rich in natural resources but enmeshed in terrible conflicts right now.  Overpopulation and ethnic clashes are threatening nature reserves, the most controversial being forested areas and corridors used by gorillas.  

The hat would have been worn perched on top of the head, held in place with a long hat pin.  I don't have any of the pins.  Priced at $180, the 25% discount brings it down to $135.

Kuba Cloths

I have 7 Kuba cloths currently listed:  Click!  I used to sell Kubas on eBay quite easily, but closed my shop there a couple of years ago.  They have not been a hit on Etsy.  I love them and have a couple in my own house.  Woven from raffia palms in a technique very similar to carpet weaving, they are pliable, soft and make great mats or can be framed and hung on the wall.  I have also seen pillows made out of them.  Picasso and other artists in the 1950's were greatly influenced by the geometric patterns found in Kuba cloths.  Kuba are also made using applique, but I don't have any at this time and they are much more expensive.  

There are many qualities of Kuba and these are the highest quality available in this size.  It is hard to tell how old they are, but the trader I bought them from estimated that they were at least 20 or 30 years old.  They are $125 and the discount brings them down to $93.75.

Senufo Bronze Pendant: Ivory Coast, Mali

I have four of these lost wax Senufo pendants, two with horses and two of women. The lost wax technique has been used for centuries around the world to cast small objects.  The original is made out of wax and then covered by clay.  The metal is poured in and the wax melts out, so each piece is a unique, one of a kind piece.  If you like rustic pieces, these Senufo pendants should grab you.  They would be great as key chain amulets.  Price:  $42  With discount:  $31.50

The 25% off sale will go through November 24th, Thanksgiving Day.  Use NOVEMBERSALE at check out and Etsy will figure out the discount automatically.  

See all of my African items:  Click!

Happy shopping!


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