Bark cloth, or tapa, has been produced throughout the islands of the South Pacific--in both Polynesia and Melanesia. The people of Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa and other islands have made bark cloth in distinctive styles for both functional and ceremonial purposes. The cloth has played important roles in weddings, funerals and events associated with royalty. The decoration features geometricized plants and fish, but also may include coats of arms. Special designs have been sometimes made to commemorate important events.
Measures approx. 4' x 10'