Bark Cloth manufacturing in Uganda - UNESCO heritage
The Ugandan-German family venture BARK CLOTH® is pioneer of systematic bark cloth development and production and dedicated to the continuing cooperation with small-scale organic farmers from Uganda -- since 1999. The permanently renewable bark of the East African "Mutuba" fig tree is harvested every year without felling the tree. It is the basis for a wide range of textiles and composites, which are manufactured in low-energy, partly CO2-emission-free processes. They are distributed under the brand name of BARKTEX®. Designers value the expressive character, unique texture and sensual tactility of BARKTEX® materials. For its efforts, BARK CLOTH® has been honoured with a number of internationally recognized industrial awards for material engineering, design, and social innovation.
The former development partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, formerly GTZ) GmbH, which has been implemented within the framework of the programme "develoPPP.de" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides now hundreds of craftswomen and farmer families with a secure income.