Barkcloth

There are few surviving examples of this decorated cloth in the UK (e.g. Kew, British Museum and RAMM). This rare example was made using the inner fibres of the paper mulberry tree. The cloth itself conveys a distinctive motif of three multi-legged creatures. Donated to RAMM in 1868 by the widow of the Reverend Vaughan of Torquay.

Object Summary

Museum Number E1263
Simple Name barkcloth
Full Name barkcloth
Common Name barkcloth
Production country Cook Islands
Material inner bark fibre
Collection class Textiles and equipment
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production county ?Rarotonga
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1868