Kuba cloth is a traditional patterned textile made from the raffia tree by the Bakuba people of Congo. They dye the raffia leaves using mud or liquid from the camwood tree and then rub the fabrics by hand, so they’re soft and easier to weave. They proceed to stitch the cloth by pulling raffia fibers through it. It is an extremely time-consuming and a delicate craft. Historically, the fabric was only used by the Congolese people as part of their ceremonial garment and formal wear. However, over time the African Kuba cloth garnered worldwide attention and became internationally popular as people began using the textile for frames, pillows, bed covers and other interior design purposes.