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siapo (bark cloth)
  • Samoan peoples
  • siapo (bark cloth), late 1800s–1927
  • Where object was made: American Samoa or Samoa?
  • bark, paint, pigment, burning
  • Object Length/Width: 185 x 113 cm
    Object Length/Width: 72 13/16 x 44 1/2 in
  • Gift of Edward L. Ruhe
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4048

The piece of cloth is made from pounded and flattened bark in a light tan color. One side has been painted with a dark brown paint in a series of squares. There are six rows of ten blocks creating the design. The two outer rows on each long side are made up of blocks with four triangles of lines going perpendicularly to each other, creating a pattern similar to herringbone. The blocks in the center rows each have two pointed oval shapes in the center and the field is filled with chevron shapes.