Item: Kuba Cloth Pillow
About: Ethnic pillow in traditional African Kuba cloth with a cotton backing and feather and down insert. Each pillow is hand sewn in the USA of imported cloth, please allow for variation in the color and patterns.
Item Number: 1512025
Dimensions: 20 x 20 inches
Weight: 2 lbs
Materials: Woven Raffia Cloth | Cotton Back | Feather & Down Insert
Care Instructions: Dry Clean Only
Availability: In Stock - This item usually ships in 4 business days, but is sometimes on a short backorder.
Ships From: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Ships Via: Fedex Ground Service to all US addresses
Delivery Charges: Free Ground Delivery to all US addresses
International Buyers: This items ships worldwide
Pfeifer Find : From Africa
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Socially Conscious: Kuba cloths are a traditional craft from Africa, created using primitive techniques that have been employed for centuries. They get their name from the Kuba tribe of central Congo. The tribe' s women begin the process of creating the cloths by beating palm leaves so that the leaf will separate into fibers. The men then use a loom to weave the fibers.
The process then goes back to the women who decorate the cloth. Sometimes they use a “u” stitch to create a carpet pile like texture as well as motifs. Other times they use appliqué methods to create patterns and motifs. Each cloth can take over a month to make.
In the past the cloth was only made by the most important and wealthy men in the tribe. Their wives were the only women in the tribe who had enough spare time to embroider the cloth. Ordinary women were kept too busy with their work in the fields, cooking and raising their children. Thus the cloth became a symbol of wealth and status.
When a major event occurred such as the induction of a new chief, the women of the tribe would sew many cloths together to make a royal robe. One popular village song describes how, a man was offered a Mercedes Benz car or a Kuba cloth by his mother. He chose the Kuba cloth after wisely noting that it would last longer.
Pfeifer Exclusive: This original design is only available online and at our retail studio in beautiful New Mexico, USA.
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