Long Kuba Textile | Congo
Vintage Kuba with uneven edges. Slightly worn with few stains.
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.