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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0355   CAS 1984-0008-0355; Tapa cloth
Category Textiles
Object Name Tapa cloth
Culture Polynesian: Fijian
Global Region Oceania
Country Fiji
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1924-1925
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Mulberry bark; Native paints
Description Narrow rectangular tapa cloth made from strips of mulberry bark that have been beaten flat; Finished cloth is natural off-white color except for simple dark black geometric band that is stamped and painted along both long edges; The same band with heavier framing lines is also stamped and painted in the central design field in a wide zigzag pattern, forming a series of large triangles along the length of the cloth, with each triangle containing one or two black floral motifs.
Dimensions (cm) Width = ca. 53.0, Length = ca. 327.0