Real vintage unused Bark Cloth. The unused piece is appx 144 inches or 4 yards by 48 inches wide. I actually have two pieces of it but for now will keep the second one. I might be persuaded to part with it. I bought it several years ago at an estate sale with the intention of making pillows and chair seat covers. I got the chair seats done and then traded them for some different ones so decided to let this piece go and maybe the other one too. It is not used, it is not ripped or torn, it is not reproduction, it is wonderful with bright colors.
A little history follows.
Today, what is commonly called barkcloth is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface like that of tree bark. This barkcloth is usually made of densely woven cotton fibers. Historically, the fabric has been used in home furnishings, such as curtains, drapery, upholstery, and slipcovers. It is often associated with 1940s through 1960s home fashions, particularly in tropical, abstract, "atomic" and "boomerang" prints, the last two themes being expressed by images of atoms with electrons whirling, and by the boomerang shape which was very popular in mid-century cocktail tables and fabrics and influenced by the Las Vegas "Atomic City" era. Waverly, a famed design house for textiles and wall coverings between 1923 and 2007, called their version of this fabric rhino cloth, possibly for the rough, nubbly surface. American barkcloth shot through with gold Lurex threads was called Las Vegas cloth, and contained as much as 65% rayon as well, making it a softer, more flowing fabric than the stiffer all-cotton rhino cloth or standard barkcloth.
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Vintage Bark Cloth unused Size 144 inches x 48 inches Appx