The Mbuti Pygmy tribe live in the Ituri forest in North East Congo. Bark cloth is traditionally worn and made by women to wrap their new born babies in. Using the inner bark of at least six tree species, it is pounded flat with an elephant tusk or wooden mallet, yielding a fibrous canvas, then softened with water or breast milk and the patterns are drawn on with a finger or twig with black colour from the gardenia plant. These patterns are abstract expressions of the moods and features of the forest.
SIZE: 50 x 50 cm
This listing is for the cover only. Feather inners can be purchased here at Artisans Bloom.
Screen printed on 100% cotton.
Single sided design with a linen based cotton on the back.
Gentle machine wash. Turn inside out before washing.
Line dry, do not tumble, do not dry clean. Possible shrinkage: 5%
Screen-printed fabric uses pigment inks, which may fade over time, or in harsh sunlight.