Bark Cloth Coin Purse
Bark Cloth Coin Purses are here and they are absolutely perfect for storing a many number of small object in your life.
We met Lydia a few years ago, she was skilled in making bark cloth, but had no one to buy her products.
We met with her and asked if she would teach some of the ladies in our widows program how to make bark cloth.
She agreed, and after spending time with the widows and hearing them talk about the Bible, Lydia became a Christian!
Now, Lydia is actively involved in her local church.
She, along with the group of widows she teaches study the Rafiki Bible Study together as they make these bark cloth purses.
What is bark cloth?
Bark cloth has been manufactured in Uganda for centuries. It takes strength, stamina, and practice to make traditional Ugandan barkcloth. The producers of this surprisingly soft and supple material first scrape away the outer bark of fig trees called mutuba (usually Ficus natalensis), then slit inner bark with a knife and peel it upward off the tree.
They boil the bark in great pans of water to soften it, and then pound it for several hours with heavy wooden mallets until it is much, much thinner, wider, and softer. The cloth is dried in the sun, where it darkens to a ruddy brown, while the exposed trunk is wrapped in banana leaves for a few days to protect it as new bark grows, for another harvest.
Since these are all made by hand, patterns vary. However, they are similar to what is shown in the picture. Thank you for understanding and appreciating the uniqueness of all of our products.