Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Wrapped In Style: Bark-Cloth

The Bark-Cloth is a versatile material common in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. The Bark-Cloth comes primarily from trees of the Moracae family.
In Uganda, Bark-cloth making is performed by the Baganda people in the Buganda Kingdom in south Uganda. Bark-Cloth production in Uganda began over 600 years ago. The craftsmen headed by a 'Kaboggoza' (the hereditary Chief crafts man) make Bark-Cloth for the royal family and the rest of the community.

  The Bark-Cloth production process begins with the extraction of the inner bark of the Mutuba tree (ficus natalensis) is harvested during the rainy season and then beaten with wooden mallets to give it a soft feel and a fine terracotta colour.

The Bark-Cloth is worn by both men and women with a sash around their waist. the cloth is mainly worn at coronations, healing ceremonies, funerals and other cultural gatherings. The cloth is also used in making curtains, mosquito screens, beddings, storage sacks, pillow cases, lamp covers etc...

Today, what is called bark cloth around the world is a soft, thick and slightly textured fabric which  is also called bark cloth because of its rough surface which is similar to that  of the traditional Bark-Cloth made from tree barks

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