Tonga Islands Tapa Bark Cloth Abstract Geometric Tribal Painting Ethnic Art

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Dimensions 18" x 12" inches. All measurements are approximate. Condition: the piece shows signs of age and it is glued to a white paper as a reinforcement due the delicate condition of the bark paper. 

A beautiful handmade piece of Tapa bark Cloth coming specifically from the island of Tonga. Mamanu Siapo (Paper Mulberry Tree), is one of the oldest Polynesian cultural art forms. For centuries, Siapo (Tapa) 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 Polynesian culture. It is used for clothing, burial shrouds, bed covers, ceremonial garments, and much more. The dyes used in Siapo-Tapa 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.


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