The Portuguese trader Nogueira ran a thriving commercial establishment in Kinshasa around the time of the Second World War. He was a regular visitor to Jan van Vlissingen in Helmond, bringing him orders and requests. Nogueira came up with the idea for a ‘zoba zoba’, or patchwork, in which several different patterns and foundations are combined and the central motif is emphasised by a ranking of the various elements.
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