sample (textileworking: barkcloth making); barkcloth; tapa

Small rectangular piece of cream barkcloth, made from mulberry tree bark. The textile is constructed from 2 layers which show pattern variations on front and reverse. The painted decoration consists of 2 sets of inward-facing triangles on the longer side. On the front a set of 2 stripes divides the area between these sets. On the front the patterns are black and brown, and the stripes go across the whole width. On the reverse the same patterns occur. They are painted as short brown bands. An additional set of short stripes is situated towards one of the shorter sides.

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