Talk:Tapa cloth

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Tapa and Mats[edit]

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 (talk) 23:55, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Possible merge from Draft:Siapo (Polynesian craft)[edit]

Please see Draft:Siapo (Polynesian craft) for possible merge material. MatthewVanitas (talk) 20:46, 27 May 2014 (UTC)


I haven't read much of the main article, but I noticed several of phrases that seem ... awkward, or stilted:

  • In Tonga, tapa is known as ngatu, and here it is of great social importance to the islanders, often being given as gifts.
  • The bark of this tree is much better to use, and put the use of the dye-fig into oblivion.
  • In former times the cloth was primarily used for clothing, but now cotton and other textiles have replaced it. The major problem with tapa clothing is that the tissue loses its strength when wet and falls apart. (Still it was better than grass-skirts, which usually are either heavier and harder or easily blown apart
  • It is unknown how Polynesians came into the Pacific but the clothing was originally made from another material. When their clothes wore out in the Pacific they taught African woman how to make the tapa substitute cloth.

I have to wonder if this is not copied from somewhere else, particularly the first example above, which says "here" as though written as a tourist brochure or something. Anyone care to take a look around and see if this is original or copied?

*Septegram*Talk*Contributions* 21:06, 12 May 2015 (UTC)