The most traditional of decorated Samoan siapo (barkcloth) types, siapo mamanu is always hand-painted, and generally has a composition of broad parallel bands infilled with monochrome geometric motifs in black or reddish brown reminiscent of tatau (tattooing) and other complex Samoan decorative arts. Repeating leaf vines are also an important element of siapo mamanu, although this seems to be a later development of the 19th century, and never reached the dominance they had in the iconography of the closely related tradition of Niue.
- Neich, R. and Pendergrast , M. (1997b). Traditional tapa textiles of the Pacific. London: Thames & Hudson
Entry created on 28 August 2020