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African textiles / kuba cloth

African textiles / kuba cloth

Kuba Cloth is a unique and distinctive textile produced by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). Beautiful and textured, it is woven in a square or rectangle shape and features geometric designs in a palette of earthy colours.

In Kuba culture men are responsible for the raffia palm cultivation and the weaving of the cloth. A course cloth when cut from the loom it is softened by mortar pounding in readiness for its surface decoration by Kuba women - a textured array of linear embroidery and stitches.

This cloth is seeing a resurgence in recent years, with interior designers and decorators incorporating this special textile into residential design through wall art, cushions, pillows and other textile applications.

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | Bedroom details at Residence One by Jolson Architecture and Interiors

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | Vintage Kuba Cloth, Smithsonian Institute

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | Cloth weaver Nemwele Village, Democratic Republic of Congo | Photographer Eliot Elisofon via Smithsonian Institute

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | Kuba women decorating woven cloth 1970 Mushenge, Democratic Republic of Congo | Photographer Eliot Elisofon via Smithsonian Institute

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | A curated collection of Kuba Cloth collected on my travels to west and central Africa | Image © Kellie Shearwood

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | Vintage Kuba Cloth

Safari Journal / Blog by Safari Fusion | African textiles / kuba cloth | Klein Karoo Farmhouse, South Africa[Images: 1,8 Visi, 2 est, 3-5 Smithsonian, 6 Kellie Shearwood, 7 Seventeen Twentyone]

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