Siapo (Pacific Bark Cloth) Patterened with Design Blocks and Overpainted by Hand
21 x 17.875 in. (53.34 x 45.403 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.4.112
Geography: Oceania, Possibly Samoa
Classification: Clothing and Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Probably Samoan
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- bark cloth - A non-woven textile made by beating the inner bark of certain trees and bushes until it is fine and soft. Bark cloth can be painted, stamped, embroidered, or cut and sewn as patchwork although it is relatively fragile, especially when wet. It was once used in almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, being reported as early as the mid-16th century in Liberia; today it is found in Ghana and Nigeria.
- Oceanic - Cultures and styles of various regions in Oceania, comprising islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean (generally excluding Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), but including Australia.
- Polynesian - Nationality, culture, and styles of the Polynesian Islands. Art forms include traditional wood-carving, barkcloth, mat-making, tattoo, and other body arts. Polynesian art was greatly developed, but little of what existed has survived to the modern day due to the perishability of the utilized material - bark cloth, basketry, and featherwork. Although architecture was developed everywhere in Polynesia, only the ruined stone structures of the eastern Polynesian islands remain proof of the Polynesians' exceptional architectural skill.
- Samoan - Describes the style and culture of the Samoan people of the Samoa Islands. Samoans exemplified exceptional artistic skills in the area of tattooing; canoe building and design; and bark cloth design.
- 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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