Mulberry Bark Cloth - Baining People, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Mulberry Bark Cloth - Baining People, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
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Mulberry Bark Cloth - Baining People, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

$495.00
The dark/black colors are from tree sap. Red comes from plant dye or paint.
These elaborately decorated bark cloths were used to make huge masks for their fire dances, healing masks, skirts & penis covers. Fire dances and bark cloth masks are famous throughout Papua New Guinea. Feasts and dances are the only events that bring neighboring villages together. Construction of masks and food preparation for feasts requires at least 2 months of village effort. Villages invited as guests return the invitation later. First, the outer bark is scraped off down to the inner bark. The inner bark is beaten to loosen it from the branch, then slipped off like a sock. It is beaten thinner if necessary, then washed and stretched to dry.
NOTE: Do not place in direct sunlight as colors may fade.

Length: 66" x Width: 28"
Priced as is due to wear.

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