Kuba is an art form unto itself. In Kuba culture, men are responsible for raffia palm cultivation and the weaving of raffia cloth known as Kuba cloth. The cloth is coarse when it is first cut from the loom, so it is then pounded in a mortar, which softens it and renders it ready for the application of surface decoration, for which women are responsible. Kuba textiles are unique in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) for their elaboration and complexity of design and surface decoration. Women are responsible for transforming raffia cloth into various other forms of textiles, including ceremonial skirts, ‘velvet’ tribute cloths, headdresses and basketry.
We have a unique selection of Kuba cloth ranging in size from 19-24" W x 20-30" L.