These special wraps were worn outside, or on top of, the long dance dresses for added decoration and prestige. The central area is barkcloth, made by beating a layer from just under the tree bark until it is thin and pliable.
The barkcloths on this page are quilted from small pieces, often with
both sides equal in quality. (The barkcloth does not need hems like woven
material.) One end and the two sides of this piecs are embellished with
raffia borders, which can be embroidered, tufted or tasseled.
CARE: The cloths are not fragile and can be pinned onto a wall or panel for display, or framed like a work on paper.