Bark cloth



any cloth, as tapa, made by soaking and pounding the inner bark of certain trees.
fabric woven to resemble such cloth, used for upholstery, bedcovers, etc.
Historical Examples

She had a quiet modest demeanour, though her dress was but a narrow fork clout of bark cloth.
In Darkest Africa, Vol. 1; or, The quest, rescue and retreat of Emin, governor of Equatoria Henry Morton Stanley

Capes made of bark cloth are made and worn by men and women.
The Mafulu Robert W. Williamson

This is a circular disk of plaited palm-leaves, decorated with streamers of bark cloth.
The Fijians Basil Thomson

Native costume for men is made of bark cloth, and for women ample petticoats of split and plaited leaves.
Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane

A scanty garment of bark cloth was formerly worn, and, like the Semang, they make fringed girdles from a black thread-like fungus.
Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane

A chawat is a long strip of cotton or bark cloth wound round the body.
Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall

Quite a Polynesian art is the manufacture of tapa: bark cloth.
Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific Felix Speiser

A strainer of bark cloth is plunged into it at times, and wrung out so as to carry away the small fragments of root.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) Robert Louis Stevenson

Dancing aprons are made out of bark cloth by both men and women, but coloured by men only.
The Mafulu Robert W. Williamson

A continuous tap-tapping in the villages shows that bark cloth is being made.
The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868 David Livingstone

noun
a papery fabric made from the fibrous inner bark of various trees, esp of the moraceous genus Ficus and the leguminous genus Brachystegia

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