Object of the Month: October 2021

Published: 1 October 2021

Chosen by

Linda Harding, Textile Artist



Object Name

Woven Kuba Cloth with Cowrie Shells

Maker unknown, Democratic Republic of Congo 
Rafia (palm) and shells, 20th century

Gift of Gabi Whitthaus


Linda Harding:

I love the traditions of hand-made textiles represented by this African Kuba cloth.
Hand weaving, open work embroidery, knotting, patchwork and embellishment, creating beauty and pattern, parallel hand-made textiles from the UK and all around the globe.

The Object of the Month can be seen in person throughout October at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.