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siapo (bark cloth)
  • unknown Samoan maker
  • siapo (bark cloth), circa 1900
  • Where object was made: American Samoa or Samoa?
  • bark, paint, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 157.5 x 141 cm
    Object Length/Width: 62 x 55 1/2 in
  • Gift of Tony Peterson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4051

The piece of cloth is made from pounded and flattened bark that has been painted on one side. The design is made up of a series of alternating rectangular blocks. The cloth is six blocks by ten blocks. One design pattern has two zigzag lines going corner to opposite corner and with thick lines on either side and crossing lines through the center. The other design pattern has four triangles on each side with the points meeting in the center. Each triangle is filled with chevron and zigzag shapes. Two chevrons have a stepped edge on them.