Barkcloth Textile from Uganda can Change the Future of Textiles

Bark cloth is made from the inner bark of the mutuba tree, a type of ficus. Ugandans have been wearing the cloth for over 600 years and the fabric making has been around before woven fabrics were created. What makes the fabric most interesting to a designer is the opportunity to be used as a sustainable alternative. The fabrics are made from tree bark, which can be with proper care harvested for decades from the same tree without harming the environment. I also love that textile has a nature texture and roughness. It makes the fabric beautiful in its own way.

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