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Tapa: Handmade Cloth Made From the Bark of A Mulberry Tree

by , 11/27/10   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

tapa, bark cloth, eco-textiles, eco-fabrics, green design, natural textile, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Fiji

Photo by Galen Frysinger

TAPA \ tah-pah \

n 1 a: Natural paper-like eco-textile from the South Pacific created from beating the inner bark of a mulberry tree. b: Paper-like in texture, the fabric is colored with natural dyes and painted with tribal designs and then used as decorations, wall-hangings, and even wedding and ceremonial costumes. c: Native cultures in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and other Polynesian islands still hand-make tapa and use it in their everyday life, and some designers now are even using the textile to create more traditional clothing.

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