An abstraction of a traditional Shoowa (a sub-group of the Kuba kingdom in Congo, formerly Ziare) raffia cloth, this design attempts to reflect the aesthetics of the weavers & embroiders who value contrasts in line, color & texture above any other design criteria. In particular, designs are considered beautiful if they allow "streets" of space between textural and other motifs, and if they incorporate strong contrasts of their most commonly used colors: black, red & natural. Though difficult to achieve in a knitted piece, the deep cut-pile embroidery Kuba women use in their cloths, defined & accented by their tight stem stitching around motifs & in borders, provides the third aesthetic tenent- the dept of texture they value so highly.
Knit in Tahki Cotton Classic, a sport/DK weight cotton.
A Pangaia design from Sarah Madrid.
Finished chest sizes: 41"/44.5"/48"/52"