Classic Authentic Kuba Cloth Pillow
Our classic authentic Kuba cloth pillow in striking contrasting earth tones and rich texture, tells not only a story, but of a way of life. Rooted in the heritage of the Kuba Kingdom in South Central Africa, our Kuba cloth pillows represent a true partnering of skills: Kuba men of the Congo hand cut and weave strips of leaf into raffia fabric and dye it with mud or heartwood substances from trees. The women embroider the Kuba cloth and transform it for various uses.
Kuba, means ‘the people of lightning’ and each authentic Kuba cloth pillow is unique to you. Key features include authentic woven raffia Kuba cloth backed with a natural cotton. The pillow back is natural linen and fitted with a removable feather and down (90/10) inner and a zipper closure. The colors of our Kuba cloth pillows are always natural and black, but please allow for variation in Kuba patterns.
The lively breaking and staggering pattern of an authentic Kuba cloth pillow will inject the natural beauty of life’s perfect imperfection into your interior. We love how the prestige and culture of these natural textiles change a room: adding chic gravitas to an airy white cotton and Lucite interior, warmth and character to minimal industrial spaces, and style and interest to traditional rooms whether the décor is quintessentially American or African.
Pair a Kuba cloth pillow with neutral linens for a soothing blend of naturals, layer in multiple Kuba cloth pillows of varying designs or combine with other heritage textiles for interesting pattern play, or add textural contrast and depth to sleek leathers or hair-on hides. Each pillow is unique to you. The colors are always natural and black, but please allow for variation in kuba patterns. Please contact us at 866-804-1909 to request an image of the actual pillow that you will be sent.
- Authentic woven raffia cloth
- Linen back
- Removable goose feather and down (90/10) inner
- Zipper closure
- Each is unique, expect variation in patterns
- Exclusive to Pfeifer Studio
- Handmade in South Africa
- Spot clean
- This design is available in custom sizes. Please call 866-804-1909 for more information.
ABOUT THIS COLLECTION
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.
SHIPPING & DELIVERY
- USA (contiguous): • Free Delivery • 2-5 days in transit • Ships with FedEx Ground
- International: • You will be contacted with a delivery price before shipment. • 7-14 day transit time (average) • Shipped with FedEx Express or US Priority Mail International • Sent tax and duty collect
We take great pride in the quality of our merchandise. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, you may return the item(s) within 30 days of receiving the order for a full refund of the merchandise cost. After 30 days, we will replace or refund your purchase against manufacturer's defects ONLY. Please note that we cannot accept returns on custom orders or on items damaged through normal wear and tear. Delivery fees are non-refundable.
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