Skip to content

Search Collections

Tapa Bag

2006.44.3686 (RS171076)

Description

Handled bag made of tapa cloth, from Samoa or Tonga. Bag is heavily decorated with triangles, chevrons, curved lines, diamonds, and circles. Patterns have been rubbed into the fabric, some areas are highlighted with a heavy brown overpaint. The inside of the bag is lined with cotton. The bag was probably made as a tourist item. Tapa, known as siapo in Samoa and ngatu in Tonga, 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 Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Container
Descriptive terms
Bag
bags (costume accessories)
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
10 1/2 x 13 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3686
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
272209

Comments