Large Flat Weave Kuba Cloth Square Pillow



22" x 26" 

Hand woven kuba shoowa textile from Raffia (from a raffia palm tree) with a flat weave and linen back 

Sourced from Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

Textiles are very important to the Kuba. Nearly all the adult members of society are involved in cloth production. The raffia used for the cloth is made from fiber taken from raffia palm leaves which must be stripped to narrow fibres. It is then woven on a loom by the Kuba men and subsequently beaten with a pounder to soften the cloth. Women are responsible for the detailed work including the embroidery, patchwork, edgings and possibly any tie-dyeing. These cloths are worn as overskirts, called ntshack if worn by a woman and mapel if worn by a man. They are worn around the waist over a longer underskirt and secured by a belt. They are worn for important ceremonies and for dancing. They have a specific meaning when worn at funerals because raffia is a symbol of security and continuity for the Kuba, linking the living to each other as well as to the deceased. They may also be commissioned by a chief for a specific ceremonial occasion. The best weavers may be employed for up to a year to create the necessary cloth, during which time the chief will feed, house and keep them.


If for some reason your purchase doesn’t work out, we accept returns within 7 days for exchange or store credit. For returns to be accepted, all items must be unused with tags still attached. Returns that are damaged, altered, or soiled will not be accepted. Please contact for any additional questions. 

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Damages to merchandise during transit are rare, but do happen occasionally. If your order arrives with a defect or damage please contact us within 48 hours of receiving with photos of packaging and we will do our best to have a replacement shipped out as soon as possible. 

Some furniture, wall decor, and lighting items are shipped directly from our vendor to your home. Lead time and shipping varies depending on the product and information will be specified in each product description. 

Please note, changes to a shipping address can only be made within 24 hours from the time you purchase. Once an item has shipped we cannot make any changes or updates to an order. 

Discount codes cannot be combined with other discount codes and can only be used at the time of checkout. Discounts codes cannot be extended or modified. 

Almost all of our items are handmade and/or vintage. Meaning they are one of a kind and have imperfections that make each item unique and beautiful. We inspect our items thoroughly and the condition is already reflected in the price. 

Care instructions

We recommend that all our items are dry cleaned, however some can be machine washed on a delicate cold cycle. Please contact us at if you have any questions and concerns about a particular product.

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