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Tapa Cloth


Martha's Vineyard Museum

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About this artifact

Tapa cloth comes from the South Pacific Islands. It is made of pounded bark from the mulberry tree, and is painted with brown or black geometric designs. The word tapa comes from Tahiti and the Cook Islands, and means border or strip. Tapa cloth was often given as gifts, and still is worn today on formal occasions such as weddings or funerals.

c. 1825

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