Kuba Textile

Kuba textile showing classic geometric patterns seldom made from design usually created from memory.

Tribe: Kuba

Origin: DRC

Approx Age: Late 20th Century

Materials: Raffia

Dimensions cm: 73 x 64

Ref. Number: 0876

£60.00

Description:

Lovely stylized Kuba Textile from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Classic geometric patterns seldom made from design usually created from memory. The art of making Kuba cloth is very time consuming and can take several days to form a small piece. 

History

Stunning Kuba Textile showing all the lovely geometric shapes and patterns we have become accustomed to seeing from such truly fascinating works of Kuba art.  Textile making is very time consuming and can take several days to form a small piece. The men first gather the leaves of the raffia tree and then dye it using mud, indigo or substances from the camwood tree. They then rub the raffia fibres in their hands to soften it and make it easier for weaving. After they’ve completed the base cloth the women embroider it. They do this by pulling a few threads of the raffia fibres, inserting them into a needle running the needle through the cloth until the fibres show up on the opposite end. They then take a knife and cut off the top of the fibres, leaving only a little bit showing. It is repeating this process hundreds of times that forms a design. The designs are seldom planned out ahead of time, and most of the embroidery is done by memory.

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