African Textiles such as; Kuba and Shoowa cloth are cultivated and weaved by the men in the tribe.\u00a0 There are several different types of Kuba cloth, all serving a different purpose.\u00a0 Apart from the men harvesting the Kuba cloth, they also prepare it for the looms, and weave it themselves. \u00a0\u00a0At first the raffia has a coarse texture when it is removed from the loom.\u00a0 Therefore, it needs to be pounded in a mortar, in order to soften it, for the use of clothing and decorative home use.\u00a0 The latter task is left to the Kuba women to accomplish. This African textile made from a raffia plant is the most sought-after African textile, by collectors, across the globe. \u00a0The shoowa cloth appearing more velvet in texture. In post \u2013 Renaissance Europe, Kuba Cloth, the embroidered and appliqu\u00e9 decorated raffia cloth from the Congo (formerly Zaire), entered the curio cabinets and treasuries of nobles and kings as the finest representation of African art. More recently, the mastery of Kuba cloths\u2019 abstract patterning was a source of inspiration to artists such as Matisse, who displayed part of his large collection on the wall of his studio. Phases Africa directly trades with Congo\u2019s most renowned source on Kuba Cloth.\u00a0 Please contact us \u2013 with your specific needs, or forward us an image of a particular cloth you\u2019re looking for, we will do our utmost to locate it for you.