Barkcloth 101

Front cover of the document, Pacific Barkcloth 101 - Learning About Polynesian Tapa, prepared for the A Living Tradition: Expanding Engagement with Pacific Barkcloth project following on from the Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place research project (copyright The University of Glasgow)

Learning About Polynesian Tapa

Our introductory guide explains the importance of tapa in cultural practice and demonstrates its significance to the people who make and use it. The intricate and diverse skills of the manufacturing process are described, and basic advice is provided on caring for barkcloth. The guide is available to download under CC BY-SA 4.0 for future reference.

Front cover of the document, Pacific Barkcloth 101 - Characteristic Features, prepared for the A Living Tradition: Expanding Engagement with Pacific Barkcloth project following on from the Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place research project (copyright The University of Glasgow)

Characteristic Features of Historic Polynesian Tapa

Tapa in Polynesia demonstrates remarkable diversity in manufacturing and style. By drawing on analysis of the relatively diverse collections held at The Hunterian and in the Economic Botany Collection (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), our guide identifies culturally-driven characteristic features of historic cloths. The guide is available to download under CC BY-SA 4.0 for future reference.