What is Barkcloth?

What is Barkcloth?


The Hawaiian term for barkcloth is kapa. Traditionally, kapa was made from the wauke tree, stripped of its outer bark and soaked in fresh water to soften the fibers. The softened material was then pounded twice into a flat piece of fabric. Kapa became a symbol of rank and prestige in ancient Hawaiian culture, used most often by royalty and offered as gifts. 

Today, barkcloth is made from 100% cotton, textured with a surface that is reminiscent of cushion covers from the early 1950’s.

Our barkcloth is ideal for residential and commercial uses. We use a variety of different weaves to make up our top end, “Bark Kahala,” a double twisted yarn which gives the face of the fabric a nubby and textured feel.


Our Hawaiian Barkcloth is made from 100% cotton; a heavyweight weave fabric that is primarily used in Rattan creations and used as upholstery fabric. We are proud to be one of the largest suppliers of tropical print upholstery fabric. All patterns are made from original in-house designs.

We pride ourselves in making Hawaiian Upholstery Fabric, our designs are all developed by Trendtex Fabrics, making your favorite Barkcloth Upholstery Fabric Designs. 

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