Objects of Wonder: Barkcloth

September 14, 2016
drawers containing textiles with geometric design

Dave Rosenthal /Smithsonian Institution

Fijian Tapa Barkcloth

Barkcloth is an integral part of ceremonial and daily life in many Pacific islands, but in some regions it has fallen out of use. So Smithsonian curators collaborate with island artists to better understand and preserve this fabric.

Photo: Dave Rosenthal / Smithsonian Institution

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