Image: Bark cloth from Tonga

Bark cloth from Tonga

This bark cloth from Tonga came to the conservation lab because of heavy creasing and what was thought to be unoriginal stitching down each side.  The tag described the cloth as a sleeping bag, however after investigations, it was thought more likely to have been used as room divider and the stitching, added later,  used to keep the two sides together.

Heather MacKay
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