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.
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.
The mallet is designed that way to make pounding process easier thus easily softens the fibers
The more exposure to sunlight, the darker it gets.
Long strands from grass