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Africa | Kuba cloth from the DR Congo | Raffia and vegetable dye
Africa | Kuba barkcloth. DR Congo | These special wraps were worn outside, or on top of, the long dance dresses for added decoration and prestige. The central area is barkcloth, made by beating a layer from just under the tree bark until it is thin and pliable
Africa | Ceremonial Wrapper ("Tcaka") from the Kuba people of the Sankuru River region of DR Congo | Raffia palm fiber, pigments | 20th century
Kuba cloth -Graphically distinctive and richly evocative of central Africa, Kuba cloth is hand-woven using the strands from raffia palm leaves. The raffia strands are dyed in a variety of earth tones using vegetable dyes. There are two main types of Kuba cloth: cut pile cloths and flat-woven cloths with no pile. Kuba cloths display a variety of interesting features including patchwork, embroidery, appliqué and embellishments.