Stole

Name

Stole

Description

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.

Materials

Raffia fibres, seeds

Place of Production

Democratic Republic of Congo, 20th Century
Pende people

Number of pieces

1

Use

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.

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