Kuba Cloth – DR Congo
These raffia cut-pile textiles from Africa are woven by men and embroidered by women with no stitching visible on the back. Highly prized for their complex patterns, they are further embellished with tight tufting, leading to the nickname “Kasai velvet”.
Handembroidery – South Africa Kaross is an embroidery initiative that started in 1989 with five Shangaan embroiderers and Irma van Rooyen, a visual artist, as creative director and founder. Sitting on a kaross (blanket) the ladies started creating works of art unique to themselves and their cultural background. The objective was to create pieces of excellent quality and a fresh approach to handwork.