Kuba cloth


Kenya National Archives

Kenya National Archives
Nairobi, Kenya

Made by the Bakuba kingdom along River Kasai. Woven from palm fibres.Traditionally used for costumes and mats. Also woven into squares to be used as kneeling mats for royalty. Another form is used as long banners, court backdrops or worn by royalty or royal dancers.The cloth inspired early 20th century artists such as Matisse and Picasso.


  • Title: Kuba cloth
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Lifespan: 1800
  • Date: 1800/2015
  • Location: DRC
  • Type: Bakuba Textile
  • Rights: Kenya National Archives

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