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.