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unknown Maisin
Papuans Primary

Tapa Cloth

Late 20th century - 2015
Barkcloth, pigment

Greatest Dimensions
26 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. (66.675 x 73.025 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2022.12.109
Geography: Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Likey Collingwood Bay
Classification: Clothing and Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Likely Maisin, Oceanic

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  • adornments
  • clothing - Coverings for the torso, limbs, hands, feet, and head for warmth, fashion, or to cover nudity. It generally excludes other items of costume such as jewelry, crowns, and other accessories that are purely decorative or symbolic and have no practical function.
  • Maisin (Papua New Guinean people) - Sources:
    - Pacific Science:
    - Ethnologue online, July 12, 2002.
    - World rainforest movement bulletin no. 29 online, July 12, 2002
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinean - Nationality, culture, and style of Papua New Guinea in Oceania, comprising the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands.
  • pigment - Any relatively insoluble organic, inorganic, natural or artificial substance that imparts a color to another substance or mixture and always appears as the same specific color when viewed in white light. It is the constituent of paint or ink that provides the color. Distinguished from a dye, which is soluble in the vehicle, a pigment is insoluble in the vehicle, but instead is held in a suspension.
  • tapa - Bark cloth of Hawaii and other Polynesian Islands, made by pounding the bark of the paper mulberry, breadfruit, or other plants.

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