Kuba Textiles, Congo
The Kuba people (Congo) use ceremonial cloth made of raffia palm fiber. Weaving is the exclusive preserve of men; embroidering of women. The cloths are colored with plant dyes as i.e. powder made from red wood. Black dye is made from soot and tar. The process could take more than a year, so it is not surprising that clothes where treasured as objects of value. They served as a means of payment, as gifts, in settlement of tax liabilities and as dowries.