Bark Cloth Critical, Analytical and my own Opinions.

I decided to look at bark cloth further because i wanted a flexible wooden textile within my textile degree project. Right now i am laser cutting birch plywood which is opaque and extremely rigid therefore limiting me on the movement of my work.

I decided to research Bark Cloth further to see whether it’d be suitable for my work.

I asked myself some analytical and critical questions to help build my research into bark cloth;

Where does it come from?

Who is it made by?

What fibre type is it?

How is it Manufactured?

What it cant do and why?

What is it properties?

What are its cost implications? What’s more expensive than bark cloth? What is cheaper?

To add onto my powerpoint I think that the production of this fabric is very economical and helps the Baganda people by paying them and therefore helping them develop there community and give them a better quality of life.

From This i found out some very interesting information which also allowed me to research the aesthetics of the work and what i could use it for.

The process of the bark cloth can make it thick or thin depending on what property you would prefer. Opaque- Translucent, Strong or Fragile. Personally i would love to work with bark cloth within my upcoming project as i feel its very diverse and perfect as my chosen material is wood. This fabric is also easy to manipulate by dying and printing and i can also modify the material through laminated binders which will make it waterproof and therefore adding to its properties.

I also think that if i used thin pieces of the bark wood this translucency would add to the positive aesthetics of the material as the light would shine through creating different colours and it would be easier to manipulate into different shapes. I wonder if i could blend it with another material? perhaps metal fibres would make the material form into certain shapes and permanently stay in those forms.

Overall I personally feel that the Bark cloth is an extremely innovative fabric that hasn’t been given the recognition it deserves. Its a non-woven fabric therefore saving time on production and cost as you will not need to weave or knit fibres to create a fabric piece. It also has many great properties that are appealing and beneficial to design work (which i have explained within my presentation below). It is also renewable and environmentally friendly as it decomposes on its own.



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