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Native Tapa cloth from South Pacific or Hawaii framed for decorative display
For the designer, here is a prize from Oceania----perhaps an expert could determine the particular island group origin, from the design alone----but for now we'll just say it's a highly decorative piece from the South Pacific or Western Pacific to as far as New Guinea, or perhaps even Hawaiian----a single piece of tapa cloth, 28" by 34" (33 1/2" by 39" framed), likely of some vintage age, but difficult to say for sure, the design a geometric pattern of diamonds and four horizontal bars, in various shades of brown. The bottom set is cut in half, as if this were originally a longer continuous sheet. The impressive size, natural earthy colors, and eye-catching design play into the current interior design popularity of displaying natural objects or ethnographic objects made from natural materials. Tapa is a kind of "cloth" made from beaten bark; whether from the mulberry tree, coconut palm, or other plant origin, I cannot say for sure in this case. There are a few losses extending in from the edges, at right (see photos) but in the overal scheme of a naturally-derived object, they don't seem obtrusive. See hundreds of works of art in my shop, mostly paintings, drawings and prints, including a few works of interest to those seeking Hawaiiana.
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