Materials: raffia

Dimensions: cm 64 x cm 160 (approximately 25″ x 63″)

Country of origin: Congo


Vintage African raffia fabric, from the Kuba territory, a vast region of the present Democratic Republic of Congo, woven and decorated by hand. Each African Kuba cloth is different from the other, no two are alike.

This Kuba cloth is an authentic used tribal garment and as such it may have imperfections and small signs of wear which represent a characteristic of the material and add beauty and uniqueness to the product.


Curious Note: Kuba cloths are African raffia sheets made from palm fibers, hand-woven by men and decorated exclusively by women, with different techniques. Considered objects of great value, in the past they were used as vestments in the most important ceremonies, as a wedding dowry and also as a true currency universally accepted within the Kuba confederation.

Appliqué is the most popular weaving technique among the Kuba. To create an appliquéKuba artists use a stencil to cut decorative designs out of a brightly colored cloth, and then sew or apply the designs onto a cloth of a different color. The designs are then placed on top of yet another cloth. The process of creating these Kuba works of art is extremely time-consuming and may take several days to complete a simple piece.

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