A piece of bark cloth, a non-woven textile made by beating the inner bark of certain trees and bushes until it is fine and soft. Half of the cloth is spotted and the other half is made of sections of stars divided by lines. Pale brown background and dark brown dye. Origin Ituri forest, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire).
The Joseph A. Towles Collection was donated by anthropologist Colin Turnbull, who studied extensively in the Ituri forest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). In addition to African artifacts, this collection also contains objects from Turnbull's and Towles' trips to China and India.