Our research about tapa 

For more information on tapa research at Te Papa, see the following articles and books.


Traditional arts of Pacific Island Women

Janet Davidson
Wellington: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 1993.

('Tapa', pages 811)

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Material Culture of Western Samoa: Persistence and change

Roger Neich
Wellington: National Museum of New Zealand, 1985.

('Siapo Barkcloth', pages 4251)

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Samoan art and artists O measina a Samoa

Sean Mallon
Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing and Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002.

('Siapo Makers', pages 6473)

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Pacific Art Niu Sila: the Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts
Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira (eds)

Wellington: Te Papa Press, 2002.

('Ngatu Pepa: Making Tongan tapa in New Zealand', pages 5263)


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