Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272058

Description

Large piece of tapa cloth, from Samoa (or possiblyTonga). Tapa - or barkcloth - is called siapo in Samoa. Heavily decorated over its entire surface, the design was made by rubbing barkcloth on a upeti, or patterned form, creating a very fine and intricate pattern. Tapa is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees and widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and other everyday purposes, as well as for ceremonial uses.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"4.50" (small paper label stapled onto piece with "4.50" handwritten in pencil)

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

71 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3674

Reference Notes

full digital copy on Google Play: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=IKgxAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en