African Kuba cloth is incredibly beautiful and has been used for a variety of decorative end-uses over the years. It's a hand made African textile that is created with raffia fibers originally crafted for use as decorative skirts. The pillows pictured above are made from smaller pieces of Kuba cloth that feature Shoowa cut-pile embroidery, from the Congo, Africa. These are but one of the types of Kuba cloth to be found.
Since African Kuba cloth is hand crafted to be worn on the body, it is a pliable textile. Because of the workable nature of these Africa raffia fabrics, they are well suited for upholstery and pillows. The pillows shown here are made from appliquéd Kuba cloth that was also originally made to be worn as skirts. African Kuba cloth pillows add a global look to this clean contemporary space.
An appliquéd skirt of the Bushoong Kuba people is another style of Kuba cloth. This light color raffia textile is quite difficult to find in clean, workable condition. Above is a clever way to patch smaller pieces of Bushoong Kuba cloth back to vintage African indigo cloth.
Photo credit @IndieBungalow
Shoowa cut-pile embroidery, from the Congo, Africa. is used to great effect in the pillow above. I do have to put a warning out there if you decide to try making a pillow out of this particular type of Kuba cloth. It can be prickly. It is made from cut raffia fibers after all, so do keep this in mind. It's more decorative than the other Kuba cloth textiles. Photo credit: @Penny_Worrall
If you have an Instagram account, try using #kubacloth and you will likely come across a wide range of creative ways to use your Kuba cloth textiles. And of course, I always keep a selection of these incredible vintage African fabrics in the shop.