African Kuba Cloth Natural Woven Raffia Zaire Kuba Cloth
This is an Old beautifully woven piece of Kuba Cloth that comes from the Kuba Tribal people of Zaire. Kuba cloth is woven from raffia palm leaves. Production of the fine decorative textile is a series of endeavors engaging both men and women. The men are responsible for the growing, tending, harvesting and weaving of the cloth. The women are responsible for preparing it for decoration by pounding the stiff, rough cloth in a large wooden mortar until softened, for hemming and in some cases, treatment with brown, wine-red, black blue or yellow dye from local plant sources. The women create the cut pile embroidered panels as well. The men’s dancing skirts are significantly longer than that of the women’s, sometimes having distinct borders with fringe and raffia bobbles.
18.5 x 18.5
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