Dimensions: H:161.4" W:26.2" L:0.4" Weight: 7.0 lbs.
Kuba Cloth - Kuba cloth is traditionally weaved by the Kuba ethnic group using strands of raffia palm leaves. It is distinguished by bold, graphic black patterns that convey movement. The raffia strands are colored with vegetable dyes in a variety of earth tones. This style was developed in the 17th century in the Kuba kingdom of central Africa, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kuba textiles come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are recognized as an important art tradition from this part of the world. The Kuba people have traditionally used their fabric cloths as a wraparound skirt during ritual celebrations and performances, sleeping mats, and even currency. Kuba cloths make wonderful wall hangings and soft furnishing for textile enthusiasts.
About the Tribe
The Kuba people also called Bakuba live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). This tribe is composed of eighteen groups located in the southern most part of the Great Equatorial Forest, which is on the boarder of the tropical forest and the open savannah. The groups are divided into lineages related through matrilineal descent; the lineages are segments of numerous dispersed clans. The Kuba are united in a kingdom, ruled by the central Bushongo group, which emerged about 1600. Nature spirits and the spirits of dead kings dominate Kuba religion.