Kuba cloth is a visually pleasing texture with an equally fantastic history. It’s interesting to know that a simple cloth expresses moral issues, ethical issues, sexuality, gender, autonomy, and yes, even political matters. Kuba cloths were founded by the Shoowa people of Kuba – a kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa.
When asking an interior designer, architect or any individual for that matter as to what a Kuba cloth is and where it originates from, most will draw a blank. One can argue this to be utterly understandable because finding a Kuba cloth in the U.S or anywhere in Europe can be quite tricky making it that hard for people to understand the product.
The Kuba cloth originated from the Kuba kingdom in the 17th century which is today the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was traditionally worn as a symbol of status by royalty and for ceremonial events. It is a fabric that is usually associated with affluence and prestige, despite it being affordable in its own respect.