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Tapa

2006.44.3665 (RS170351)

Description

Tapa cloth fragment from Samoa or Tonga. This fragment of tapa was cut from a larger piece and was probably part of the outer edge. Tapa is a cloth made from the inner bark of trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses. Tongan tapa cloth is known as ngatu and Samoan as siapo.

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
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
11 3/4 x 18 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3665
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271957

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