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Tapa is used as the canvas for painting intricate patterns. The finished product is used in a decorative way. Being worn on the body is reserved for formal events, and by those of high traditional rank. The higher the rank, the more intricate are the patterns. The quality of a piece is a function of size and intricacy. Woven mats are used for sitting and sleeping on. Tonga generally is regarded as having the best mats. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 23:55, 13 September 2012 (UTC)