Raffia is the name of a specific palm tree
After the sober 1940s, there was a return to economic prosperity and optimism in the years thereafter. This was also seen in the development of furniture. Chair Raffia is a good example of this period. It is a so called cocktail chair from the fifties. The front has been covered with a new fabric Le Manachfrom Pierre Frey. The back has been covered with aKuba cloth from Congo, Afrika. Kuba cloth is handwoven using the strands from raffia palm leaves. The raffia strands are dyed in a variety of earth tones using vegetable dyes. The Kuba cloth displays a variety of interesting features including geometric designs executed in linear embroidery. Historically, the Kuba people have used their cloths as skirts, wrappers, sleeping mats and even currency.