For hundreds of years, the Kuba people of Central Africa have crafted a distinctive, geometric textile known as Kuba Cloth — a tradition that continues today.

Sourced from the raffia palm in a labor-intensive process, the fabric is then embroidered using an appliqué or a ‘cut pile’ technique referred to as ’velvet’.

The resulting designs are both innovative and abstract, yet achieve a blended symmetry through the use of complex, repetitive, asymmetric patterns.

This Clay Tapestry series uses a multi-step appliqué process in a nod to the unparalleled creativity of Kuba weavers.