Tapa

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-272098

Description

Large piece of Samoan tapa, called siapo in Samoa. Covered with a brown design of repeating, large squares decorated with lines and triangles, some outlined with heavy overpainting, particularly along the borders between the squares. Single big circles have been added to alternating squares in heavy overpaint. The underlayer of brown design is visible on both the front and back of the fabric and was made using an upeti, or design tablet. Only the front of the fabric has overpainting. Very regular, neat and simple design suggests it was made for the tourist trade. Tapa (siapo in Samoa) is fabric made from the inner bark of certain trees, usually paper mulberry. Widely used throughout the Pacific Islands for clothing and sleeping covers, it is also used for other domestic, sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tapa (bark cloth)
tapa (bark cloth)

Inscription

"4.00" (small paper label stapled to bottom right corner; "4-00" written in pencil)

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Textileworking T&E

Dimensions

52 1/2 x 66 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3676