barkcloth; textile; tapa

Long, rectangular cream barkcloth with stencilled decoration in black and brown. The textile has cut dentate edges at the shorter ends. At the longer ends the edge of the cloth has been cut to created very fine fringing. The decoration consists of a centre panel and a border. The border consists of a wider, framed zigzag patterned band or stripe. The panel consists of two differently patterned areas, contained in rectangular areas separated by framed bands patterned with diamond motifs. One end one is decorated with circular motifs. The majority of the rectangles are subdivided into two squares containing bands and stripes with diagonal patterns with toothed or dentate edges.

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