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Bark Cloth
Material Name: 

BARKTEX®

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

1999

HQ: 

Germany

TRL: 

4

Founder(s): 

Mary Barongo, Oliver Heintz

Website: 
About the Company

Bark Colth is a German-Ugandan family business, founded in 1999, pioneering the development and systematic production of tree bark fabric, called BARKTEX®.

Material

The permanently renewable bark of the East African fig tree, called "Mutuba“, is harvested every year without felling the tree. It is the basis for a wide range of textiles and composites distributed under the brand name BARKTEX®.

Technology

BARKTEX® traditionally manufactured bark cloth through a variety of textile, wood, leather, and polymer technologies.

Applications

Interior design, fashion, footwear, accessories, and the automobile industry.

Selected Brand Partnerships

EDUN, Meer, Rombaut, Mirjam Nuver Hats, Carole Pervier.

EDUN bag made with BARKTEX®.

EDUN bag made with BARKTEX®.

Meer wallet made with BARKTEX®.

Meer wallet made with BARKTEX®.

Kyambalo luminaries made with BARKTEX®.

Kyambalo luminaries made with BARKTEX®.