African Kuba Panel Textile These vintage textiles are a remarkable example of woven raffia handmade in the African Congo. We imagined this as a table runner, but it can be used for many unique purposes, a striking wall hanging or table runner, on a console table, cocktail table, or any accent for your room.
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DIMENSIONS: 128" L x 23" W
MATERIAL: 100% Raffia *please note this item is rustic a minimally finished so as not to detract from its vintage condition or the craftsmanship of the original artist, we recommend gently dry brush or use damp sponge to spot clean only as necessary.
FACTS & HISTORY: Created by an artisan of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this form of woven textile is made by embroidering a panel of cloth with dyed raffia thread, using the traditional methods of weaving and dying in baths of leaves and branches to bind the dye to the raffia.
Visually dynamic and highly textured, this raffia panel expresses the irregular, geometric patterns typical of Kuba textile Art. The complex patterning exhibited the artisan's skill and would have been displayed as a mark of the owner's social prestige.