Fijian tapa cloth

Made in Fiji

Ceremonial cloth, [Masi or tapa], bark fibre and natural dye, maker unknown, Fiji, pre 1900

Summary

D6451
Ceremonial cloth, [Masi or tapa], bark fibre and natural dye, maker unknown, Fiji, pre 1900

Production

The masi is made by beating strips of bark together until the fibres meld and create a piece of cloth. This object consists of five pieces that have been joined together. The white strips show where the fibres have been beaten and jointed together with starch paste to make on large piece of cloth. Traditionally the printer pattern was made using ink and stencils cut from banana leaves. Pandanus leaves were also use4d, but created more imperfections. The brown dye used traditionally came from the sap of a mangrove tree. Black dye came from kerosene lamps.

Cite this Object

Fijian tapa cloth 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 March 2017, <https://ma.as/224007>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/224007 |title=Fijian tapa cloth |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 March 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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