Ade's Alake Gallery
Large 12' x 30" Kuba raffia cloth rug or hanging over a door. Lovely design. Made by hand by the Kuba people of Zaire. Vintage 1970s rug. Note: there are two tears in the cloth (see photo of one).
Raffia cloth is a plant fiber used particularly in central Africa, where it is woven into rectangular pieces of cloth. Since the 1500s the Kuba people have created and worn raffia cloth skirts.
A significant percentage of enslaved Africans were Kuba people, from the former Kongo areas of Angola, Zaire, and the Congo Republic.