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Is Bark Cloth the most sustainable fabric?

Bark Cloth (Lubugo in Luganda- which is the language spoken by the tribe that produces this cloth) is a non woven fabric made from the bark of the MUTUBA (MITUBA- PLURAL) Tree (FICUS NATALENSINS) and is produced by the Baganda tribe in Uganda. It was widely used in dress making and was widely worn by the Kings and queens of Uganda prior to the arrival of cotton which I think was introduced by Arabs or Indians.



The cloth is used widely in Uganda's Art and Craft industry, Traditional… Continue

Added by Ida Horner on February 1, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Africa's fabrics - wild silk from Madagascar

When I tell people that Ethnic Supplies stocks fashion accessories made from wild silk one of the questions I get asked without fail is that



Is there enough for commercial purposes?



And the answer yes there is, in Madagascar. The best part is that there is a whole conservation project underway to protect Madagascar’s natural heritage.



Tapia, or Uapaca Bojeri, is the staple food of the wild Malagasy… Continue

Added by Ida Horner on December 8, 2009 at 18:37 — 3 Comments

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