The main raw material for the Bakuba textiles is the raffia. Raffia is a kind of palm tree from Africa and South America. Its leaves, in the shape of elongated pins, are among the biggests in the world and, exactly because of that, they are extremely useful in the production of cloths. The extraction of leaves and the very thin fiber preparation that will be used as a base of the textile creation congregate a reasonable quantity of people -- men, women, and children. After the manufacture of the textile cloth and the manually or by weaving machines transformation of the textile, it is possible to continue the ornamentation process followed by the several possible methods of embellishment.


  • Title: Wraparound skirt
  • Creator: BAKUBA PEOPLE
  • Location Created: República Democrática do Congo
  • Physical Dimensions: 50 x 112 cm
  • Type: Skirt
  • Rights: Acervo Museu Afro Brasil
  • Medium: Embroidered plant textile (raffia)

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