Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271954

Description

Large roll of tapa cloth (or siapo), likely from Samoa The saipo is heavily decorated both with embossed shapes and painted elements. Tapa (or saipo in Samoa) is made of the inner bark of certain trees (usually the paper mulberry) and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and for other secular, sacred and ceremonial purposes.

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 the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3663

Reference Notes

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Places

Missouri (United States)
Samoa (Texas county, Missouri)