Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-270857

Description

Tapa fragment, light brown ground with a darker 2 1/2 inch wide band, outlined in dark brown paint, running at an angle across the tapa. Roughly square-shaped, two edges are serrated and two are straight. This piece of tapa was made in Samoa or Tonga. Tapa is called siapo in Samoa and ngatu in Tonga. Tapa is a cloth made from the inner bark of certain trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Credit Line

Gift of Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3630

Reference Notes

Originally published by University of Auckland in 1997