Meet the Makers
Barkcloth is made in Uganda from the Mutuba tree (Ficus natalensis). Its construction is one of the oldest known to man and predates weaving.
It is completely sustainable; once the bark is removed it grows back without killing the tree. Each piece of barkcloth is like the fingerprint of a tree making each of our lampshades unique!
Traditionally, the cloth was worn as a wrap and used in coronations, religious ceremonies and as burial shrouds. Farmers also used it to pay land taxes.
The practice of making barkcloth was almost lost when the British introduced cotton. However, today the movement to regenerate barkcloth production is steadily growing - artisans are developing it for use in fashion, art and interior design.
The Ugandan artisans we work with aim to plant indigenous Mutuba trees to counteract the devastating effect of eucalyptus introduction. The fast growing eucalyptus drains the land of nutrients causing surrounding crops to fail.
We hope to encourage the incredible tradition of barkcloth and to invest in the reforestation of Uganda.