Abstract Tribal Art made in Natural Fiber Bark Cloth Paper, Large Mamanu Siapo
Vintage 1940s Islander Tapa Bark Cloth with Geometric Chevron Pattern, Abstract Tribal Artwork made in Natural Fiber Bark Cloth Paper, Large Mamanu Siapo Art for Ethnic Home Decor
The present piece is an old authentic large tapa cloth from late 1940s or early 1950s. A great addition to a collction of tribal ethnic art or ethnographic artifacts and antiques.
Mamanu Siapo (Paper Mulberry Tree), is one of the oldest Samoan cultural art forms. For centuries, Siapo has been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, it is becoming a lost art. Siapo is not only a decorative art, it is a symbol of Samoan culture. It is used for clothing, burial shrouds, bed covers, ceremonial garments, and much more. The dyes used in Samoan Siapo also come from nature. The dyes are o'a, lama, loa, ago and soa'a. O'a is the brown dye and is the base for all other dyes. It is extracted from the bark of the Blood Tree.
Condition: in general very good vintage condition. It has marks of being kept folded and some blue and white rests of paper on BACK that was used for reinforce the point through it was hanged to the wall. Compared to many other pieces i saw this is really in good condition and with a great look.
Dimensions 52" x 63" inches / NOTE, will be shipped folded / All dimensions are approximate