textiles (function unknown); tapa; barkcloth; textile

A large, rectangular piece of bark cloth. The cream-coloured ground, made from the bark of the mulberry tree, has an all-over pattern of horizontal lines, mid-brown in colour. The border at each end is undecorated save for some short straight dark brown lines. The textile is divided longitudinally into five sections. These are further divided into rectangles. Each rectangle has a broad diagonal. Its angle alternates with each row. Within certain rectangles is a dark brown four-petal flower motif or a cross motif. These have been painted onto the textile with a dark brown pigment.

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