Clothing - Africa for Kids
Bark cloth from the Congo, in central Africa
Furs and feathers were good enough for thousands of years, but then people began to make lighter, less sweaty kinds of clothes out of pounded bark fibers. You peel the bark off trees and pound it with a rock until the fibers get soft and the hard part breaks off. This makes small pieces of cloth which can be pounded or sewn together.
Bibliography and further reading about African cloth and clothing:
Traditional African Costumes Paper Dolls, by Yuko Green (1999).
African Girl and Boy Paper Dolls, by Yuko Green (1997).
African Textiles, by John Gillow (2003). Not for kids.