Kwele African tribal mask
Intriguing shapes in this African mask embroidery design. Inspired by a tribal mask of the Kwele.
The Kwele people believe in witchcraft and blame all their personal and social ills on its influence. The Kwele protect themselves
against the power of witchcraft with the ‘beéte’ ritual.
The spirits are represented in the form of ‘ekuk’ masks. ‘Eku
k’ means the ‘spirits of the forest’ and the ‘children of the beéte’.
Kwele masks are often painted with white kaolin and red clay. Reflected in the deep and rich, earthy embroidery thread colors of this design.
Kwele ‘ekuk’ masks are beautifully stylised with a heart shaped face, almond shaped eyes
The Kwele occupy a large area across Gabo,Cameroun and Congo.(source:African Masks – Kwele