Tapa

Small samples of barkcloth from Tonga were given to the donor by Lieutenant Fabien on 19 November 1835. The sample next to it is a piece of plain barkcloth with the fibres slightly pulled apart so that the observer could better understand how barkcloth was made.

Object Summary

Museum Number 574/2007/8/5
Simple Name bark cloth
Full Name bark cloth sample
Common Name tapa
Production country Tonga
Material bark cloth
Collection class Textiles and equipment
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1835
Function name cloth sample