KUBA CLOTH (also "Kasai Velvet" and "Kuba Velours") Early 18th Century to Contemporary

The Kuba peoples occupy a central region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.Specially prepared raffia fibers are woven, died, and embellished to produce dramatic, plush, geometrically-patterned textiles. More than two hundred distinct patterns have been named and passed along through generations of Kuba women.