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Adapting to Modern Design - Repurposing Kuba Cloth

Friday, June 23, 2017

This blog illustrates how long textiles woven by the Kuba people can be re-purposed as tapestries for use in modern interiors....

Cheers! – Kuba Ceremonial Wine Cups

Monday, March 07, 2016

The Kuba people of present day Democratic Republic of Congo are renowned for their decorative arts, which also extend to their palm wine cups. Elaborately carved in figurative shapes and decorated with geometric designs, they held particular importance in the Kuba Kingdom as objects of prestige, wealth and status....

Lasting Impressions – European Influence on African Art

Friday, February 12, 2016

The influence of European aesthetics on African art can be traced as far back as the 15th century when the Portuguese first landed on the continent. In particular, armed chairs and brass studs were seen as objects of authority and were adapted into styles uniquely tribal. In certain areas of Central Africa, Christianity figures were also assimilated into several cultures, a transition made easier by pre-existing notions of cosmology that coincided with Christian doctrines....

Beauty Re-envisioned – Repurposed Kuba Cloth

Friday, June 06, 2014

Kuba cloth are traditional woven textiles made by the people of the Kuba Kingdom in Central Africa. However, sometimes reaching over twenty feet in length these textiles are hard to present. We approached this challenge by re-purposing them into upholstery for contemporary furniture and unique geometric wall hangings that maintain, even enhance, their original beauty...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER