Africa | Kuba skirts, Tcaka, long are cloths made from raffia, from the Ngeende, Bushoong and Ngongo peoples. They incorporate appliqued "patches", embroidered shapes and patterns, openwork, tie-dye, cowrie shells, barkcloth and border elements | © Bobbi Hamill

Kuba skirts, Tcaka, l- Ngeende, Bushoong and Ngongo peoples.

Africa | Kuba skirts, Tcaka, long are cloths made from raffia, from the Ngeende, Bushoong and Ngongo peoples. They incorporate appliqued "patches", embroidered shapes and patterns, openwork, tie-dye, cowrie shells, barkcloth and border elements | © Bobbi Hamill

Using the leaf of the raffia tree, the Kuba people of the Congo first hand cut, and then weave the strips of leaf to make pieces of fabric, often called raffia cloth.

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Detail from a Kente cloth from the Ewe people of Ghana, 19th century, Silk and Cotton, British Museum, London

Kente prestige cloth from the Ewe people of Ghana, century, Silk and Cotton -- British Museum, London

traditional african mud cloth symbols: each piece of mudcloth tells a story. no two pieces are alike and each pattern and color combination has a meaning.

Traditional African mud cloth symbols: Each piece of mudcloth tells a story. No two pieces are alike and each pattern and color combination has a meaning. The Smithsonian Institution put together a website & video that steps you through the process

Handwoven West African fabric - from the book African Textiles by John Gillow, that showcases some of the most beautiful weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques used in textile history.

FABRIC Handwoven West African fabric - from the book African Textiles by John Gillow, that showcases some of the most beautiful weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques used in textile history.

Beautiful African Textile Designs from African Fabric House print pattern

Beautiful African Textile Designs from African Fabric House

African textiles

Sterling Silver Ring with Blue Topaz The poetry of the carved walls of the legendary Alhambra Palace inspired the intricately endless Celtic knot motifs of this ring.

Dancing Skirt    Kuba people, Dem. Rep. Congo, 20th cent.  Raffia cloth with raffia cloth applique, natural dyes  Four panels (partial view - 2 panels shown)

Raffia cloth with raffia cloth applique, natural dyes Four panels (partial view - 2 panels shown)

This mudcloth textile is from Ananse Village, a website carrying fair-trade fabrics from Africa.

mudcloth textile from ananse village . a website carrying fair-trade fabrics from africa

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