BARK CLOTH EVOLUTION

SUSTAINABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY, VEGAN

FICUS NATALESIS (Fig tree)

Process of making bark clothes as follows:

1-Scrap off the rough surface from the tree

2-Peel off the inner bark.

3- Tree is wrapped with banana leaves inorder to protect the it from direct sunlight for 3-7 days

4-Wooden Mallet is used to pound the bark until the bark softens, fibers spread out into a large sheet.

5-Bark is put in the sun to dry for 10-60mins and the more exposure to sunlight, the darker it gets. Sometimes the bark is left in a closed area.

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Fig Tree to be Harvested
Fig Tree to be Harvested

Ficus Natalensis

Mark off the wanted piece
Mark off the wanted piece
Peel off the rough surface
Peel off the rough surface
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Take off inner bark
Take off inner bark
Wrap the tree with banana leaves
Wrap the tree with banana leaves

The tree is wrapped to prevent it from direct sunlight and the leaves are left on not later than a week. If left on for more than a week, the tree can be infested with small insects. BARK REGENERATES, so the tree is not damaged.

First Harvest is not great piece
First Harvest is not great piece
Wooden Mallet used to pound bark
Wooden Mallet used to pound bark

The mallet is designed that way to make pounding process easier thus easily softens the fibers

Moist bark is pounded
Moist bark is pounded
Fires spread out
Fibres spread out
Bark is put in sun to dry
Bark is put in sun to dry

The more exposure to sunlight, the darker it gets.

The more exposure to sun the darker it gets
The more exposure to sun the darker it gets
Finished Bark
Finished Bark
Screen Printing
Screen Printing
Raffia
Natural Raffia

Long strands from grass

Hand Stiching bark with Raffia
Hand Stiching bark with Raffia
Finished pouches
Finished Bag with Stiched Raffia
Twisting Raffia
Twisting Raffia
Raffia twisting
Raffia twisting
Sow Twitted Raffia on Bark
Sew Twitted Raffia on Bark
Finished Handbag
Finished Handbag with twisted Raffia
Women collective
Women collective
Hand sowing
Hand sewing