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Tapa

2006.44.3671 (RS170853)

Description

Tapa fragment of unknown origin, but likely from Fiji, Tonga or Samoa. Stamped design of vertical and horizontal lines in brown and black. Corner edge is outlined with a thick black border. Fragment was cut from the corner of a larger sample at some point, leaving four "strings" on the left 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.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Region
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
6 x 9 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3671
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271995

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