Antique Mamanu Siapo Primitive Art Samoa Islands, Hand Painted Tapa Bark Cloth
Antique Pre WWII Pacific Samoa Mamanu Siapo Art, Large Hand Painted Tapa Bark Cloth with Whirling Logs, Genuine Vintage Polynesian Ethnic Primitive Art, Boho Pacific Islander Home Decor
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: Some places show paint stains, Places worn thin. General condition is Good Vintage Condition, proper for an item of this characteristics and age. Item will be shipped folded.
Dimensions 62.5" x 34" inches or 159 x 87cm / All measurements are approximate