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Kuba Cloth Textile: History and Fabrication

The process of weaving Kuba cloth begins with creating a net called a 'sandi' which will hold all threads together. This part of the loom is made from dried grass or reeds that are bound together with vines or fibers from shrubs. After that comes the actual weaving which requires about 100 vertical wooden posts known as 'nsevus'. These structures must be led directly over the horizontal planks called 'nsambi', so they're very difficult to make themselves—a task usually left to experienced men who specialize in this area.

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