Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-271990

Description

Rectangular tapa fragment (lepau) from the Santa Cruz Islands. Thin, stiff cloth with a highly decorated front side of black geometric designs on a cream ground; plain back. Front decoration is divided into ten rectangles, each outlined with a black line and filled with different patterns of chevrons, diamonds, and triangles. This fragment was cut from a larger sample. 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. This fragment is from the Santa Cruz Islands, probably Nendo. Tapa is known as "lepau" in the Santa Cruz Islands region.

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

Dimensions

12 1/2 x 12 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3669

Reference Notes

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