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Kuba Cloth Cushion Cover



African Kuba cloth is made using the leaf of the raffia tree. The Kuba people of the Congo first hand cut then weave the strips of leaf to make pieces of fabric. The process of making Kuba cloth is extremely time consuming and can take several days to form a placemat-sized piece.

In Kuba culture men are responsible for gathering the leaves of the raffia tree and then dying them with mud indigo or substances from the camwood tree. They then rub the raffia fibres in their hands to soften it and once the base cloth is completed the women embroider it.

Each sub group of the Kuba people has different and unique ways to make the fabric with each symbolic patch telling the story of its craftspeople. The designs are seldom planned ahead of time and most of the embroidery is done by memory.


Care instructions: Specialist dry clean only


40cm (w) x 60cm (h)

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