Bark Cloth is a natural fibre made out of the bark of the ficus tree and has an extenend cultural tradition in Uganda. Originally it was used to wrap the dead and the kings wore it in their coronation ceremonials. Nowadays it has many uses in various sectors of economy.
The materials offers perfect characteristics for building bamboo bicycle frames. It is extremly durable and it soaks well, therefore, in combination with resin, it is perfect for wrapping stable, slim and good looking joints.
We have been visiting a small village in Uganda and have been introduced to the art of bark cloth making. It can be done with not too much technichal effort, but one has to know which piece of bark is usable. The wise old men of the village knew.
Bark Cloth production in a small village close to Lake Victoria
Charles Mulamata on Bark Cloth:
Kasoma Noordin of Booganda Bikes on the importance of Bark Cloth for building bamboo bike frames and the tradition of bark cloth in Uganda
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