Photographs © Tim Hamill
MBUTI BARKCLOTH NO. 53, 28x17", $100, Dem. Republic of Congo
This cloth is made by beating tree bark until it is thin and pliable. The beating is done by men of the Mbuti pygmy of the Ituri Forest, women then paint the designs, often with symbolic meaning.
CARE: The cloth is not fragile and can be pinned onto a wall or panel for display, or framed like a work on paper.To eliminate wrinkles, the cloth can be misted with water, and then gently ironed on the back, but this may make it difficult for the cloth to lay flat.
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