I've used cloth bar tape and shellac on several of my bikes now
and it has been great.
The cloth tape on the VA Sport above was originally bright red.
Durable, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
I don't care that it's not completely period-correct.
This tape was bright yellow before shellacking.
I also found that the shellac is strong enough to hold the tape in place without the need for
electrical tape or twine to bind it off at the end.
or wabi sabi the Japanese call it.