Africa, Area between the Congo and Kasai River, Cake from Tukula

In the forests between the Kasai and the Congo Rivers grow diverse species of redwood trees. The locals grind their wood and mix it with water into a thick paste. Then the form cakes from the paste and let them dry. The cakes are then stamped with a pattern. Because red color is in high demand almost all over Africa, these so-called tukula cakes were widely-used as means of payment. Tukula "money" can be used for dying cloth or wood, or as body paint or to stiffen the coiffure.