African Kuba cloth can be used in any space that calls for some unique character and warmth. The example above from Domino magazine showcases a lovely Kuba cloth as a headboard backdrop when attached to the wall.
Some Kuba cloth history: The Kuba tribal confederacy of the Kasai river area of the Congo are highly regarded for their raffia work, weaving 'dance skirts', aprons, and mats on single-heddle looms. They make use of a wide range of textile techniques, including appliqué, embroidery, cut pile, and resist dying. (John Gillow, "African Texties")
Kuba cloth shown above is a Kuba woman's patchwork overskirt decorated with embroiery, eyelet stitching, and drawn thread work. The rectangular patches are made of alternately dyed and undyed raffia.
Kuba cloth with embroidered appliqué like the skirt above come from the Ngeende branch of the Kuba people.
This close up shows cut pile embroidery raffia known as Shoowa. Note the velvet-like result of the cut pile.
These Shoowa squares make stunning wall decor when framed against s light linen with black frame.
Check back soon as I will show more examples of how to display African Kuba cloth for your own style statement.
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