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Tapa

2006.44.3663 (RS170344)

Description

Large roll of tapa cloth (or siapo), likely from Samoa The saipo is heavily decorated both with embossed shapes and painted elements. Tapa (or saipo in Samoa) is made of the inner bark of certain trees (usually the paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and for other secular, sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Places
Missouri (United States)
Samoa (Texas county, Missouri)
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Accession Number
2006.44.3663
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271954
Reference Notes
full digital version available on Google Play

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