Kuba cloth usually references the Kuba tribe in Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) in equatorial Africa. Kuba clothing is created out of the natural fibres found in Raphia Vinifera tree, which in itself goes through a chain of process aided by the different sects of Kuba people from men, children and women to give it shape and form to make the final product as we know as the beloved Kuba textiles. Related to dying of cloth units, the Kubas use either tie dying or cane dying processes which is essentially followed up by combining contrasting undyed and dyed cloth units to be give the finished product an alluring appearance.
The true art involved in crafting a single comes from years of mastering the skill and a great deal of patience. The intricate detail and patterns seen on each Kuba cloth are 100% handmade and can take up to 12 days for a group of two artisans to complete a single 10 foot liner. This complex process makes for a truly unique and hard to replicate piece of art.
PaulskiArt is a family of friends, relatives and designers who share a supportive appreciation for the African community, arts and culture. Since its inception in 2013, Paulski Art has been a strong advocate, helping those in need by buying directly from local artisans and using 10% of each sale to provide and promote academic programs in the village of SAME (pronounced Tsa-meh). To add global African flair to your home shop Paulski Art's beautiful Kuba cloths. Kuba cloths make excellent wall hangings, throw pillows, and rugs.