These African textiles known as Kuba cloth are handmade raffia cloths and dates back many centuries. These lengthy textiles were made by women to be worn by men in rutuals. The men of the tribe would wrap these cloths around their waists several times until it is several layers thick.
In post – Renaissance Europe, Kuba Cloth, the embroidered and appliqué decorated raffia cloth from the Congo entered the curio cabinets and treasuries of nobles and kings as the finest representation of African art.
More recently, the mastery of Kuba cloths’ 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’s most renowned source on Kuba Cloth. Please contact us – with your specific needs, or forward us an image of a particular cloth you’re looking for, we will do our utmost to locate it for you .