Tapa cloth

Sandwich Island


Dimensions

Overall: 253.4 x 177.8 cm (99 3/4 x 70 in.)

Accession Number

99.127

Medium or Technique

Beaten inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, starch, natural plant dyes and pigment, starfish pattern, printed from wooden blocks and overpainted.

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Three sheets of the lace tree bark pressed together; painted; squared off with brown lines. In each square a whirling figure in black or brown.

Provenance

1899, gift of Arthur S. Johnson to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1899)

Credit Line

Arthur S. Johnson