. . . and so
what do you
do with it?
After considerable effort we found the source of our Bleached Mulberry Bark, far away from the well-trodden trade routes that cover the Far East. The Asian Mulberry Tree chooses to grow in the most inhospitable locations where monsoon, dense forest and high altitude reduce the ability to harvest it to just a few months a year. Most of the harvest makes a long tortuous journey to small rural processing workshops, where firstly it is soaked in water to allow the outer bark to be stripped away, then basic hand tools reduce it to sheets of intricately interwoven fibre, whereupon most of it is shipped to distant mills for pulping and conversion to the highly sought after Mulberry Paper.
As a Textile Tutor and Artist, I am constantly looking to add texture and intrigue to my work as well as that of my students and the versatile nature of Mulberry Bark ticks all the boxes. After soaking in water, thicker sheets can often be separated into finer sheets, other materials or "found" items incorporated and its ability to retain a shape fully exploited. Being a natural fibre, it will readily accept paints, dyes and coatings.
However, it appears that Mulberry Bark has devotees in other forms of art. Australian Floral Artist, Mark Pampling is one and other artists have incorporated it into sculpture and the construction of dioramas. Wherever your creative uses take you, we offer the TexArt Online Gallery and encourage you to publish images of your work, particularly those incorporating Mulberry Bark. Once enrolled you can upload images to our site, together with details or send them to info@texartcreative for us to upload.
We will very soon be developing our stock with the addition of a limited range of space-dyed colours as well as Natural Mulberry Bark, even more reasons for you to return!