These two rare loincloths of the Tetela peoples are finely and beautifully woven examples of their weaving skills as demonstrated by their complex weft patterning technique. The natural coloured piece is 22 cms wide x 40 cms long. The longest example is 25 cms wide x 62 cms long and the third piece measures 16 cms wide x 58 cms long.
There is a similar example in the British Museum which was acquired from William Ockelford Oldman’s wife in 1949.
There is also a long piece in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art shown in “Weaving Abstraction Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa”, The Textile Museum by Vanessa Moraga, pp.47, figure 14 and pp.48,49 figure 15.