Thing-a-Day – January 26 – cooked kozo fabric and vessel
Day 26 of the Thing-a-Day Challenge
Materials: cooked, unbeaten kozo (mulberry) bark, aka Broussonetia papyrifera
Kozo is an amazing substance. It is a traditional papermaking bark fiber that can be used as a cooked, but unbeaten, source material to make barkcloth as well as in its fully beaten state for fine, strong paper.
Once it is cooked, the fibers are still happily hanging together
in a cross-hatched pattern, but easily spread gently in to a wider open mesh or lightly beaten into a flattened “cloth.” I prefer to just spread it out to make a lace effect.
One of the miracles of kozo is that you can adhere damp strips (much like gampi) or piece of spread/beaten fiber to each other by pressure alone – no other adhesive needed!