Kuba Cloth African Textile Black Cream-Congo 21" X 140"
Vintage - 20th Century Kuba Cloth - Handwoven in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba Cloth, which once was used as currency, is often given as Lobola (part of the dowry payment to the family of the bride), in special ceremonies, and as symbols of wealth. While in Africa, I was told this type of Kuba is made for the King to walk on when he comes to the village. This is done as a form of admiration and respect.
Kuba Cloth is traditionally woven by the men using raphia. The applique is not only for beauty, but to strengthen the fabric after it has been pounded for softness. Another unique part of the Kuba Cloth is that it is stitched on the side that is to be shown or used. For instance if we made a tablecloth here, we would stitch on the underside and any design would be on top. Kuba is just the opposite.
This Kuba is charcoal, aged cream and cinnamon
The condition is very good although, there are signs of age, wear and slight beginnings of small holes which adds to it's beauty. and authenticity. When special textiles and ceremonial creations are passed down in families, they are often kept in excellent condition. Just as in my shop.. In the photo several Kuba Cloths are draped over a rod, making instant beauty for many types of decorating.
Approximate Dimensions: 21" X 140"