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Pygmy Mbuti Barkcloth Ituri Rainforest Congo African Art

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Title Pygmy Mbuti Barkcloth Ituri Rainforest Congo African Art
Type of Object Barkcloth
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pygmy/Mbuti
Materials Bark, dyes
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 34 Inches
Width: 17 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Holes; see pictures for details.

These fascinating cloths with their simple abstract markings are made by the Mbuti people of Congo's Ituri rainforest.

Additional information: The Mbuti people who live in the Ituri rainforest of Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, are one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer cultures in the world.

Since 3500 BC, they have been famed for their rich and extraordinary arts of music and dancing, but until recently, the barkcloth drawings and paintings made by Mbuti women have been virtually unknown in the West.

Originally made as loincloths for ceremonies and dances, these drawings are sophisticated abstract compositions embodying the qualities of improvisation and syncopation that are associated with the African visual and musical sensibility.

Recommended Reading: For more information and similar examples, see MBUTI DESIGN-PAINTINGS BY PYGMY WOMEN OF THE ITURI FOREST. by Meurant and Thompson.

We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.