Kuba cloth with tiny patchwork squares

Kuba cloth with tiny patchwork squares


Kuba cloth is a hand-woven cloth made from the fib of Raphia Vinifera palm leaves.  Kuba people of the Congo first hand cut, and then weave the strips of leaf to make pieces of fabric, often called raffia cloth.

There are several different sub groups of the Kuba people. Each group has different and unique ways to make the fabric. Some make it thicker, longer, shorter, or with different patches. Each patch is symbolic and many times a piece has many different meanings.

This unusual Kuba cloth is made entirely of patchwork.  Each of the squares is only cms square and is a ‘tour de force’ of the technique.  The raffia cloth is extremely difficult to work with, and to be able to create such a piece is exceptional.  The back of the work is beautiful, and could be hung as the front.  The cloth is edged with the tiniest raffia pom poms indicating that the piece has some age.  It is very unusual to see these pom poms in contemporary pieces

A very good article about Kuba cloths can be found at:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuba_textiles

Product code:  1141

Size:  630mm x 3900mm 

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