sample (textileworking: barkcloth making); textile; tapa

Rectangular sample of cream barkcloth with stencilled and painted decoration in black and brown. The textile is seemingly from a larger tapa with a centre panel and borders on 3 sides. The border contains linked diamond motifs. Each diamond consists of 2 triangles decorated with different patterns and a toothed outline. This is cut on one of the longer sides. The other 2 sides have a solidly coloured line on the outside edge. The centre is divided into 2 broad stripes. One of these contains stripes and bands decorated with diamond shapes against a striped ground. The diamonds are decorated with dots. The other half is decorated with bands, stripes and diagonals which create squares subdivided into triangles. Some of these areas contain a painted outline.

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