Special Installation, TAPA: Unwrapping Polynesian Barkcloth
Continuing through September 1, 2013
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, third floor
This spring, students taking the course On Exhibit: The Pacific Islands had the opportunity to create a small installation and online web module focusing on Polynesian tapa cloth. Polynesian tapa cloth is made from beating the inner bark of trees, usually paper mulberry. After the cloth is beaten, it is pasted or felted together and is usually painted. Tapa cloth is created throughout the Pacific and is used in ceremonies, dances, and funerals, with pieces sometimes hundreds of feet long.