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Tela d'escorça, tapa

Barkcloth

Tapa or barkcloth made by the women of the Pacific islands for thousands of years are one of the few forms of predominantly female artistic expression from Polynesia and Melanesia. It is also a vehicle of creative expression and social cohesion. In western Polynesia, tapa was decorated with dynamic, abstract and symbolic patterns of considerable size, and it was produced on a large scale for use o…