Tapa, skirt, costume, Futuna, Oceanian Art, tribal art, Oceania, fabric, First arts

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 22700, louannec, France

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    Large tapa collected on the island of Futuna in the 50s-60s and used as a dance costume. Tapa is the first fabric available in the Pacific. Its uses were varied: clothes, shrouds, blankets, mosquito nets, bags, prestige money. Tapas from the Wallis and Futuna region are made from the bark of the paper mulberry. The bast from the bark is extracted and left to ret before being threshed and dried. The bark is struck using a mallet or tapa beater which compacts the fibers and welds them together. The patterns drawn abstractly and symbolically evoke important events, ancestral myths and legends. In Europe, the tapa is to be considered as a painting that we put on the wall. Beaten bark and natural pigments.


    Style Tribal Art (Tribal art of Tribal Art Style)
    Century 20th century (Tribal art 20th century)
    Length (cm) 177 cm
    Height (cm) 94 cm
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 22700, louannec, France

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