barkcloth; sample (textileworking: barkcloth making)

Square, cream barkcloth with a slightly glossy surface. The textile is decorated with stencilled patterns in black and brown. These create a centre panel and three borders. The centre panel contains a depiction of a building surrounded by diamond motifs, and possibly stylised trees. The inner border consists of inward-pointing black chevrons. The middle one contains linked black patterns with diamond-shapes in the centre. The outer border is decorated with sets of brown lines.

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