Traditionally manufactured bark cloth with a variety of surface treatments


Applications: Interior wall cladding, furniture, fashion, upholstery and lighting

Bark cloth is the fleece of Mutuba trees, a tropical fig found in Uganda. Each cloth is made from the bark of a single tree and crafted entirely by hand. If no further backing is added to the cloth it remains translucent, meaning that it can be used for lighting applications. Depending on the surface treatment, BARKTEX® products offer an array of benefits, including fire, water, and stain resistance.


There are a number of accreditation assessments available to manufacturers. Set by third party organisations such as BREEAM, LEED, UL and C2C, they offer prospective specifiers the opportunity to understand and evaluate what sustainability standards a given material may offer their project.

Wherever possible we showcase materials that have some form of accreditation but also recognise that acquiring them can be a costly and time consuming process, particularly for smaller brands.

We believe in transparency and think that an honest approach to materiality is key to making more sustainable decisions when planning our built environments.

We seek and promote material manufacturers that:

  • Consciously endeavour to choose raw materials based on provenance and quantity required
  • Aim to reduce the energy needed and pollution created in the production and transportation of their materials
  • Reuse resources and waste
  • Create regenerative materials
  • Utilise closed-loop production methods