Kuba Royal Beaded Basket Congo
The Kuba Basket Royal Beaded Raffia with Shells is a cherished craft originating from the Kuba Kingdom, now in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These baskets, prized for their beauty and cultural importance, are crafted through intricate weaving techniques passed down through generations. Using raffia palm, indigenous to Central and East Africa, Kuba artisans meticulously dye and weave the strands into vibrant patterns using the "kasai velvet" method, creating raised designs. These patterns hold deep cultural symbolism, often featuring geometric shapes and motifs. Shells collected from nearby bodies of water embellish the baskets, adding to their visual appeal. Beyond being functional art, Kuba Baskets play a vital role in ceremonies and traditions, serving as containers or symbols of wealth and heritage. Their exceptional craftsmanship has garnered global recognition, adorning museums and private collections worldwide, showcasing the Kuba people's rich cultural legacy and Congo's artistic heritage.
Approximate Age: 20th Century