Kuba Raffia Velvet Prestige Panel


Size: 52 cm x 56 cm (20.5 in. x 22 in.)


Visually dynamic and highly textured, this raffia panel expresses geometric patterns typical of Kuba textile art. 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, which is then trimmed short to create a plush "velvet" texture, often called SHOOWA. Known as a prestige panel, the complex patterning exhibited the artisan's skill and would have been displayed as a mark of the owner's social prestige.

A remarkable example of woven raffia textiles, this prestige panel is perfect as a striking wall hanging.


To learn more, read our blog article about Kuba Textiles, their history, and the fascinating technique to make them.  


Note that the Kuba cloth is sold unframed.

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Kuba Raffia Velvet Prestige Panel, unframed
$ 690.00