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    Posted 5 years ago

    Ceci
    (29 items)

    I found this at a thrift store. I find it very interesting. Do you think it is Native American or another culture like African. It is painted on animal skin.

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    1. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      It's a tapa cloth placemat, from the kingdom of Fiji, in the South Pacific, a popular souvenir from the islands.

      Tapa cloth is made from strips of the paper mulberry tree bark, pounded out thin and flat, and glued together to form a type of non-woven fabric. It is made in several South Pacific countries, which one can be identified by the method of decoration, and the design patterns. In this case, a stencil is used, and the black and brown geometric patterns are those found on "masi," traditional tapa from Fiji.

      (No animal products are used in the making of tapa cloth.)
    2. Ceci, 5 years ago
      Wow...was I off base. Thanks for the info Canyonroad.
    3. Ceci, 5 years ago
      I do love the patterns.
    4. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      You can mark your mystery as solved and credit CanyonRoad, Ceci. :)
    5. alliececile, 4 years ago
      I forgot to thank you CanyonRoad. Thank you!!

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