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Bark cloth (tapa cloth)

Oceanian
20th century


Object Place: Oceania

Dimensions

Overall: 183.5 x 274.3 cm (72 1/4 x 108 in.)

Accession Number

1985.390

Medium or Technique

Mulberry bark fiber, pigments; pounded, block-printed, painted

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Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Bark cloth (tapa cloth) with dense geometric designs in black and brown block-printed and painted on natural ground made from the pounded inner bark of the mulberry tree. Design may imitate carpet with fringe. This bark cloth could have been used for a clothing wrap, a blanket or for decorative purposes.

Provenance

Gift of Juraku Company, Ltd., Kyoto, to the MFA on June 26, 1985

Credit Line

Gift of Juraku Company, Ltd.