Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271957

Description

Tapa cloth fragment from Samoa or Tonga. This fragment of tapa was cut from a larger piece and was probably part of the outer 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. Tongan tapa cloth is known as ngatu and Samoan as siapo.

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

Dimensions

11 3/4 x 18 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3665