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The (Lack of) Popularity For Kuba Cloths | by Woody Collins
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The (Lack of) Popularity For Kuba Cloths

Art is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has their own taste for beauty, art, and even music. Today, I watched the video, The Hangover, again after seeing it at the movies. It was just as hilarious. But I got that song, spin me right round by flo rida, lodged in my mind. I went out to YouTube to see the popularity of the video and song. Both of them had over 2.7 millions views each. Proof that lots of people like it.


When I first saw a Congolese traditional kuba cloth, I did not see the beauty or the artistic appeal. So, I did not step up to the front of line to purchase a cloth. But I was given some cloths as tokens and gifts for my visit. I thanked the givers and proudly put them away. I brought them home and displayed it on my nightstands.


A few years later, I tried to sell some kuba cloths as a fund raiser for the poor Congolese women in the village. The cloths did not catch the eyes of many potential beholders. They are interesting but not a popular item for sale.


If they were popular items for sale, a cottage industry of kuba cloths makers could bolster the economy and alleviate poverty in rural Congo.

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Taken on April 4, 2005