Barkcloth in its original, primitive form was made from the inner bark of trees found in the South Pacific and surrounding areas. The bark was soaked, then beaten into a paperlike fabric which was then dyed, printed or painted. The barkcloth we're familiar with today is a cotton fabric made from densely woven fibres. It’s the texture of the cloth, rather than the fibre of the fabric itself which gives it its distinctive appearance. Barkcloth doesn’t appear to have a wale (rib) or distinct weave effect, which results in a rough, textured appearance reminiscent of tree bark. If you've got a soft spot for vintage fabrics then you've probably come across barkcloth at some point. It is often seen at vintage fairs and on vintage fabric websites.
A loose, lightweight, and highly textural weave brings a retro Island vibe to your sewing, quilting, and home décor.