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Geometric Raffia Palm Kuba Cloth DRC
Geometric Raffia Palm Kuba Cloth DRC
Geometric Raffia Palm Kuba Cloth DRC
Geometric Raffia Palm Kuba Cloth DRC
Geometric Raffia Palm Kuba Cloth DRC
Geometric Raffia Palm Kuba Cloth DRC

Gorgeous Authentic Hand Woven Kuba Cloth 22″ x 24.5″ – DRC

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This one-of-a-kind handmade Kuba cloth has been tightly woven to create gorgeously textured geometric shapes with hand dyed raffia palm.

These textiles are versatile in use and can be displayed by themselves or framed as wall art. They can also be re-purposed into beautiful pillows and handbags.

About Kuba Raffia Cloth:

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuba textiles are quite unique. Raffia palm is cultivated by tribes’ men to use as yarn. Using single-heddle looms, they weave the raffia to desired shapes and sizes. The next step in the process is to pound the fabric, rendering it soft and able to accept pigment. The Kuba typically create various geometric patterns when dying their fabric.

About the Kuba Kingdom:

The Kuba Kingdom, located in southeast modern day Democratic Republic of Congo, was a pre-colonial kingdom that flourished between the 17th and 18th centuries and consisted of 19 different ethnic groups.

Due to the kingdom’s isolation, the Kuba weren’t affected much by the slave trade, but toward the end of the 19th century, the kingdom was invaded by Nsapo people and never recovered. It was then separated by chiefdoms until it became a Belgian colony.

Kuba art is known for its ornate detail and use of decorative beads, seeds, fibers, fabrics and shells. The Kuba have been described as a people who can’t leave a surface without ornament.

Type of Object

Kuba Cloth Textile

Country of Origin

DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo – formerly Zaire)

Ethnicity

Kuba

Material

Raffia Palm Vegetable Fiber

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

22"

Width (Inches)

24.5"

Weight (Pounds)

.5lbs

Overall Condition

Good with minor imperfections.

Tribe Information

Additional Information

Kuba Cloth

Tribe Information

About the Kuba People

“During the 16th century, the Kuba migrated from the north and settled between the Sankuru and Kasai Rivers. Today, they number 250,000 and are subdivided into a number of tribes – the Bushoong, the Ngeende, the Kete, the Lele, the Binji, The Dengese, the Mbuun and the wongo. Each clan pays tribute to the Nyim, the king of the Bushoong ruling clan, but their internal affairs are dealt with autonomously. The Bushoong king and his court lived in a closed palace, known as the Mushenge. The king was responsible for the wealth and fecundity of his people.

Each clan within the Kuba kingdom produced artistic objects with specific characteristics, but there are common stylistic features, including predilection for incised geometric decoration. Cups, zoomorphic divination instruments and boxes were produced throughout the realm.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

Additional Information

About the Kuba Cloth

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuba textiles are quite unique. Raffia palm is cultivated by tribes’ men to use as yarn. Using single-heddle looms, they weave the raffia to desired shapes and sizes. The next step in the process is to pound the fabric, rendering it soft and able to accept pigment. The Kuba typically create various geometric patterns when dying their fabric.

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