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Tapa Cloth

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Maly Yang

on 3 April 2013

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Transcript of Tapa Cloth

Samoa What is tapa cloth? Tapa was made in the islands of the
Pacific Ocean, but primarily in:
Tonga
Samoa
Fiji Tonga What is tapa used for? In the old days:
Bedding
Sheets
Towels
Clothes

In the present time:
Gifts
Decoration
It's worn for certain occasions such as
weddings, birthdays, and funerals Tapa Cloth Tapa cloth is a bark cloth made from the
inner bark of paper mulberry trees or
breadfruit trees. It is made for
printmaking. Where did tapas originate? Fiji Tonga's tapa design is formed into grid of squares of mostly animals and plants
Tapa is called "ngatu"
Tapa is made out of paper-mulberry trees
Tongans use stencils to paint Samoans also use paper-mulberry
trees to create tapa cloth
They refer to tapa as "siapo"
They use the rubbing method or
the freehand method on a design
board to imprint designs on the
bark cloth for painting. Fijians also use paper-mulberry
trees to make their tapa cloth
They refer to tapa as "masi"
They use stencils which were originally made from banana
leaves to create designs The traditional making of Tongan ngatu It's printmaking time! Step 1: Create your own design(s), influenced by one of the islands, on a sheet of paper
Step 2: Cut the styrofoam tray to the size you prefer
Step 3: Imprint your design onto your styrofoam piece carefully by using the back end of a paintbrush
Step 4: Choose your color(s) of block ink to paint onto your styrofoam
Step 5: Add your block ink, 1/2 tbs or less, onto your paint mixing plate
Step 6: Roll your ink on your mixing plate by using a brayer and thin the paint out as much as you can until it becomes tacky
Step 7: With ink on your brayer, roll it over your designed styrofoam
Step 8: With your art paper sitting on the surface, press your styrofoam on top of the paper with the design down. Press it onto the paper using another piece of paper placed on top of the styrofoam. Rub it on from top to bottom, side to side, and corner to corner carefully.
Step 9: Pick your top paper up, and carefully pick your design up from one side to the other while holding down onto your bottom paper.
Step 10: You've just printed your first proof, and is now time to display it (Printmaking)
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