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Stunning Vintage Fijian Tapa Cloth
Look at the work that has gone into this beautiful piece of tapa cloth. I'm no expert on Pacific Islands Tapa Cloth but from what I can see this one appears to be from Fiji. Measures 48 1/2" x 24" and is in lovely condition. It is definitely an older piece so fold marks are evident but could be mostly removed with a gentle ironing. A wonderful example of the art of tapa decoration and will make a stunning wall hanging or framed piece. An excellent arts investment for the future.
The cloth is known by a number of local names, eg, tapa cloth, although the term tapa is international and understood throughout the islands that use the cloth. The word tapa is from Tahiti, where Captain Cook was the first European to pick it up and to introduce it to rest of the world. In Tonga, tapa is known as ngatu, and here it is of great social importance to the islanders, often being given as gifts. In Samoa, the same cloth is called siapo. In Hawai?i, it is known as kapa. In Rotuma it is called ‘uha and in Fiji it is called masi.
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Bernard Molloy, Auckland, New Zealand
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