The textile is made of fibres from Raffia palm leaves. The original fibres are weaved into the textile base using a single loom by men. Women use natural plants as dye to colour the shredded fibres, and weave them onto the basic textile to create imaginative patterns. Different techniques are applied to produce different patterns, mostly in geometric designs.
Raffia fibres, seeds
Place of Production
Democratic Republic of Congo, 20th Century
Number of pieces
This type of object didn’t exist before contact with western world. It has been created by imitating catholic missionaries’ stoles. It is since worn by chiefs as one of their power attributes. His other attributes are the hat, the bracelet and the spear. A knife and an axe embroidered on the stole evoke the chief’s strength.