Fiji's Treasured Culture: Highlighting the collections of Museum Victoria

TOPIC: Bark Cloth

Masi or tapa cloth played an important role in Fijian culture. Their motifs have symbolic meaning, produced for ceremonial wear, for people of chiefly rank, and for general wear.

The bark is stripped from saplings, pounded into very thin strips then joined successively to form large sheets of cloth, which are then smoked, left plain or decorated with black and rust-coloured printed designs.

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