Democratic Republic of Congo

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Brown Kuba Cloth

This product belongs in the following collections:

Brown Kuba Cloth

Brown Kuba Cloth

$2,900 $1250

Brown Kuba Cloth

Democratic Republic of Congo

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The raffia textile is carefully applied to a linen substrate and bordered with a traditional linen-covered mat. This product is available in our lucite frame. Our signature gold St. Frank plate is featured in the bottom right-hand corner of each piece. Framed dimensions of this piece are 27" W x 45.75" H.

This piece is created from Kuba cloth, a unique form of textile consisting of various geometric raffia pieces stitched to a plain raffia background, creating complex designs. The result is a rough surface that is punctuated by repeated geometric patterns with unexpected interruptions in design. Men cultivate the raffia palm and weave the raffia cloth; women then create the patterned textiles. Traditionally, Kuba cloth was used as a wrapped skirt worn during burials. Later it was included in ceremonial dress for ritual dances and other celebrations.