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Africa | Man's Status Cloth from the Shoowa people of the Kuba Kingdom, DR Congo | ca. early 20th century | Raffia palm fiber, stem stitch and cut-pile embroidery

Chicago-based fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist NICK CAVE has become known for making colorful, extravagant sculptures that he calls Soundsuits consisting of brightly colored fabrics, elaborate embroidery, beadwork, raffia and natural materials

The men will wear boutonnieres of green succulents with yellow billy balls and green lemon leaves wrapped in raffia with the stems showing

Africa, Old Fine Kuba Raffia Cloth - BUSHOONG - Mid 20th century – DR Congo

Africa, Old Fine Kuba Raffia Cloth - BUSHOONG - Mid century – DR Congo[ could use pattern and reformulate for great table mats]