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  • Tapa Cloth: A Pacific Treasure

    What is Tapa Cloth? Tapa cloth, or simply ‘tapa’, is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The term ‘tapa’ is international and understood throughout the islands that use the cloth. However, it’s known by different names on different islands: in Tonga, it’s called ‘ngatu’; in Samoa, ‘siapo’ in Niue, ‘hiapo’, in Fiji, ‘masi’. How is Tapa Cloth made? The process of making tapa cloth is labour-intensive, involving several steps. Harvesting The process begins with the harvesting of the inner bark of trees such as the paper mulberry or breadfruit1. The young shoots of the paper mulberry tree are cut down. Separating The bark is then separated from the trunk. The outer bark is peeled from the soft, inner bark until the inner bark (or ‘tu tu’ as it’s called in Tonga) is in one long piece. Soaking The strips of ‘tu tu’ are soaked in a bucket of water to soften the particles. This can take anywhere from overnight to a few days. Beating The softened strip of ‘tu tu’ is placed vertically on a long, wooden anvil-like bench. It’s then beaten with a wooden mallet until it’s paper-thin and has expanded in width. Joining the strips Two strips of thinned ‘tu tu’ are joined together by aligning them side-by-side and pounding the fibers with the mallet so that the strips join together to form a long, wide sheet. Drying the cloth Once beaten and glued, the cloth is then dried in the sun. Types of Tapa Cloth across the Pacific Islands Tapa cloth varies greatly across the Pacific Islands, each with its unique characteristics: Tonga (Ngatu) In Tonga, tapa cloth is of great social importance and often given as gifts. The patterns usually form a grid of squares, each containing geometric patterns with repeated motifs. Samoa (Siapo) Samoan tapa, or siapo, also features geometric patterns, similar to those found in Tongan tapa. Fiji (Masi) Fijian tapa, or masi, can be decorated by rubbing, stamping, stencilling, smoking (known as ‘masi kuvui’), or dyeing. The patterns usually form a grid of squares, each containing geometric patterns. Tapa cloth is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands. Each piece of tapa cloth tells a story of tradition, craftsmanship, and cultural pride.

  • 1980's Shell Lei Collection

    An amazing and wearable collection of Polynesian Shell Lei have just been displayed in our shop on Parnell Road. Wonderful Christmas gift idea. $20.00 each or $100.00 for 6.

  • Call in and Visit

    As we slowly work through adding stock to the website please try to find the time to visit our store.We have many interesting pieces in all price ranges including this very nice group of Wahaika hand clubs

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  • Maori And Pacific Art | Kiwa Art | Auckland

    google-site-verification: google474f2d20e50d8958.html New arrivals in our Parnell store. Please visit to view. Nguru Puriri $1,500.00 Price View More Carved Maori Head $1,750.00 Price Wahaika by a Master Carver $3,650.00 Price VIEW ALL ITEMS FOR SALE OUR COLLECTIONS POUNAMU NZ GREENSTONE OCEANIC ART MAORI WOOD CARVING BASKETRY JEWELLERY BOOKS SIGN UP TO GET UPDATES WHEN NEW STOCK ARRIVES. SUBMIT Thanks For Subscribing! ABOUT US KIWA ART, named after te moana nui a Kiwa or the great ocean of the Pacific, stocks traditional Maori & Pacific artefacts & craft including wood carving, pounamu (NZ Greenstone), bone carvings, tapa cloth, and tribal jewellery. Andrew Pendergrast has been trading in the traditional art of Austronesian cultures from New Zealand, the Pacific and Indonesia since 1989 after being inspired by a lengthy trip to Indonesia in 1987. He was mentored by his uncle Mick Pendergrast. author and Maori expert (especially in raranga whakairo), who was assistant curator at Auckland Museum. READ MORE

  • Pounamu | Greenstone | Tapa Cloth | Kiwa Art | Auckland

    OUR ARCHIVE Most of these pieces have sold, however please contact us if you're interested in anything. We have a large inventory, and we may have something similar. Load More

  • Maori Wood Carvings & Pounamu | Kiwa Art | Auckland

    ABOUT US Kiwa Art, named after te moana nui a Kiwa or the great ocean of the Pacific, stocks traditional Maori and Pacific art and craft including wood carving, pounamu (NZ greenstone), bone carvings, tapa cloth, tribal jewellery and traditional artifacts. ​ Owner Andrew Pendergrast has been trading in the traditional art of Austronesian cultures from New Zealand, the Pacific and Indonesia since 1989 after being inspired by a lengthy trip to Indonesia in 1987. He was mentored by his uncle Mick Pendergrast. author and Maori expert (especially in raranga whakairo), who was assistant curator at Auckland Museum. Kiwa Art has supplied dealers, collectors, museums and Institutions worldwide with traditional pieces before opening retail in 2004 and Parnell in 2010. Their extensive client base, excellent knowledge and many suppliers means they now have access to some exceptional pieces. ​ If there is something in particular you are looking for and it is not on display, please ask as there is a large inventory in storage and with many contacts we may well be able to find something to suit. ​ MAKE SURE TO VISIT OUR SHOP AT 285 PARNELL ROAD AUCKLAND WHILE IN NEW ZEALAND CONTACT US SIGN UP TO GET UPDATES WHEN NEW STOCK ARRIVES. SUBMIT Thanks For Subscribing!

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