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Shoowa Design: Raffia Textiles from Zaire

June 15, 1988 – August 7, 1988

African Art Museum
950 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: Sublevel 2

More than 100 raffia textiles, known for their complex geometric designs, were woven by men and embroidered by women of the Shoowa group of Zaire's Kuba peoples. The cloths--usually dyed orange, yellow, or red--were worn and used as currency in trade.