BARK CLOTH: THE SPIRIT OF THE TREES
Meanwhile, in Southern Uganda, Bark cloth was being crafted by the Baganda people of Uganda during the 15th century. Bark cloth was one of the first fabrics made by mankind; using an ancient technique that predates the invention of weaving. Serving as a versatile fabric, the cloth was used to produce loincloths, skirts, draperies, wall hangings, and even bedding. Bark cloth is harvested from the locally grown Mutaba tree without bringing harm to the tree. The long history of the production of bark cloth among Uganda’s indigenous population provides a great pre-historic example of how to utilize our environment’s renewable resources. Nevertheless, the art of bark cloth making is slowly disappearing to modern convinces. In 2005, UNESCO declared bark cloth making to be a masterpiece of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.