Black and Tan Kuba Cloth | Congo
Kuba cloth is handwoven, usually by men, using the strands from raffia palm leaves. The raffia strands are dyed in a variety of earth tones using vegetable dyes.
There are two main types of Kuba cloth: cut pile cloths and flatwoven cloths with no pile with either embroidery or appliqué.
Historically, the Kuba people have used their cloths as skirts, wrappers, sleeping mats and even currency.