Kuba Cloth African Textiles

Kuba cloth Africa’s most illustrious textile originated from the Congo.  Besides Kuba cloth, there is also Shoowa cloth this textile is often called Kuba cloth as well.  The latter can be identified easily due to having a more velvety texture.

In post Renaissance Europe, both these embroidered and appliqué decorated raffia cloth from the Zaire (Congo) entered the curio cabinets and treasuries of nobles and kings as the finest representation of African art.

More recently, the mastery of Kuba cloths’ abstract patterning was a source of inspiration to artists such as Matisse, who displayed part of his large collection on the wall of his studio. Phases Africa directly trades with Congo’s most renowned source on Kuba and Shoowa Cloth.