flat-faced beater smoothing
Throughout Western Polynesia, every cloth received a final beating with the flat face of the ike beater, motivated purely by aesthetic concerns to flatten and consolidate the surface, and thereby bring out the natural fibrous organic structures in the bast.
- Kooijman, S. (1972). Tapa in Polynesia. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 234. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.
Entry created on 28 August 2020