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American Samoan U'a Patch & New Workshop Dates

26th March 2020

Reggie in the plantation

Reggie Meredith, our wonderful tapa maker and practitioner in American Samoa, sent us this photo of her weeding and maintaining her u'a (paper mulberry) patch a couple of weeks ago. Hearty and resilient, she says that she hopes that our global community can reflect these traits of the u'a so that we can get through the COVID-19 pandemic together. These very u'a are what she and Uilisone have spent much time preparing and nuturing in order to use in our Barkcloth Basics museum workshops and public events.

While we are still in the process of trying to reorganise the workshops, we are hoping that they may be able to go ahead at the end of August 2020, but only if it is safe to do so. We will keep updating everyone as time goes on and thank you for the interest and enthusiasm that has been shown in participating in them!



Other recent news items:

Making O'a (brown dye) in American Samoa
29th April 2020
Reggie Meredith describes how o'a is made  More >

Barkcloth Basics - Workshop Postponement Announcement
12th March 2020
Barkcloth Basics: Interpreting and Understanding Pacific Barkcloth has been postponed due to concern over the spread of COVID-19  More >

Barkcloth Basics: Interpreting and Understanding Pacific Barkcloth
13th January 2020
An exciting, upcoming workshop which aims to raise the awareness, skills and understanding of Pacific barkcloth for museum staff  More >

Registration open for the Recent Advances in Barkcloth Conservation Symposium
16th October 2018
Presenting diverse approaches to understanding the making, conservation and display of barkcloth in several tropical regions  More >

Call for Papers: Conservation of Barkcloth Material
10th July 2018
Invitation for submissions for a one day symposium on the conservation of barkcloth from any part of the world  More >

Student Blog: Volunteering for the Barkcloth Workshop
19th June 2018
Four students describe their experiences participating in the three day event  More >

Research Studentship Working on the Barkcloth Project
12th June 2018
Experience from Jennifer Brunton who embarked on a recent research studentship  More >

Barkcloth workshops and visiting practitioners from American Samoa
18th April 2018
There have been exciting developments for the barkcloth project team recently – at the end of March we hosted a visit from two bar  More >

Tapa symposium at Auckland War Memorial Museum
8th January 2018
Andy Mills and Frances Lennard spent two weeks in New Zealand in October  More >