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Tapa

2006.44.3674 (RS170906)

Description

Large piece of tapa cloth, from Samoa (or possiblyTonga). Tapa - or barkcloth - is called siapo in Samoa. Heavily decorated over its entire surface, the design was made by rubbing barkcloth on a upeti, or patterned form, creating a very fine and intricate pattern. Tapa is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and other everyday purposes, as well as for ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"4.50" (small paper label stapled onto piece with "4.50" handwritten in pencil)
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
71 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3674
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
272058
Reference Notes
full digital copy on Google Play: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en

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