Retro Bark Cloth
As a designer, I love to search, find and touch vintage fabrics and wallpaper prints. Bark cloth which seems to be coming back into home fashion was originally a popular fabric in Asia, Indonesia, Africa and the Pacific. It was made from beating inner fibrous tree bark but is now made from cotton and other synthetic fibers woven in a thick weave. Bark cloth fabric has a soft, semi nubby feel to the material and was named Bark cloth because it’s texture was similar to tree bark.
Rare 1930’s Georgia O’Keeffe Orchid Bark Cloth
Bark cloth became very popular and was often used for drapes, upholstery and slipcovers from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s. Often these vintage prints featured tropical Hawaiian flowers, abstract boomerang shapes, or novelty themed patterns like cocktails and glasses. Bark Cloth has a soft texture yet slight nubby feel to it. If you want a cool mid century look to your interiors, try these “ Jetson” type retro prints ..aren’t they “fun fantastic“!
50″s Lounge Chair / Bark Cloth Cushions
Photos courtesy from ebay.com for the vintage orchid floral, Bark cloth pillows from Pinterest Nancy Lake, retro chair from Pinterest Nancy Lake from fab.com, definition of Bark cloth is from ask.com, Fashion items made in Bark cloth from sustainablog.org