Kuba Cloth from Zaire, Africa

I am a California mixed media artist and used to have a shop where I sold beads and world textiles. I sell both my work on Etsy along with textiles, jewelry and beads from around the world. This is an example of what I have had in the past. Click on the Visit My Shop button to see what is available now.


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Kuba Cloth is from Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo), and is woven by members of the Kuba tribe. Kuba cloth is also known as Kasai (a region of Zaire) velvets, African velvets, African raffia cloth, etc. This piece is 19″ x 18″ approximately. It is woven out of a type of raffia. This is a vintage piece.


I have been involved with the arts for many years, starting as a jewelry maker back in the early ‘70’s, adding painting, drawing, and mixed media assemblage in the ‘80’s and 90’s. I have continued to challenge and entertain myself with the addition of textiles/fiber to my materials repertoire (creating art felt, silk art yardage, handmade wall pieces, runway/costume pieces, etc.) beginning in the ‘90’s, and carrying through to the present… fiber of some sort is often included in my contemporary work. I find fiber and fibrous materials of all sorts to be extremely versatile, and often include it in paintings, sculptures and assemblage work. It is so basic; I find working with it very satisfying.

As a contemporary artist, I hope to create work that is interesting, evocative, communicative, and often, unexpected. I find that I am impacted by world events, politics, the human condition, travel/world cultures, friends, music, nature, foolishness, and personal experiences and interests: all eventually find their way into my art. My work is simply the result of a very busy and curious mind that seldom seems to take a day off. See my fine art work on my website: http://www.barbettalockart.com/ My Etsy Shop has small works of mine plus beads, textiles and jewelry from around the world: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ITSAStudioArts

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