Follow the links below to see the individual barkcloths.
Wall 1, 0101-0115
Wall 2, 0216-0240
Wall 3, 0341-0352
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
Made by the Mbuti pygmy of the Ituri Forest, this textile is made by beating a layer of tree bark until it is thin and pliable. The women choose the tree and the preparation and beating are done by men. The women then paint the designs, which are often symbolic, using a mixture of charcoal and fruit juice.
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.
GO TO MBUTI BARKCLOTHS 101-115
GO TO MBUTI BARKCLOTHS 216-240
GO TO MBUTI BARKCLOTHS 341-352
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