- Museum number
Decorated tiputa (poncho) made of barkcloth. Fringed on the two long edges with zig-zag cut strips of barkcloth and painted with lines of triangles and leaf motifs.
Length: 98 centimetres (front only)
Width: 72 centimetres (excluding fringes)
- Curator's comments
Two labels sewn on: one on paper with brown ink reads 'Dress of tapa. Savage Island' Other: small white paper label: '1925 Savage Is.'
See John Pule and Nicholas Thomas, 'Hiapo: Past and present in Niuean barkcloth', Dunedin, University of Otago Press, 2005, p.84
Original registration slip:
Savage Island.'Tapa' dress. It resembles a poncho in having a hole cut in the middle for the head to passs through. The sides have a deep fringe. The patterns consists of longitudinal lines of vandykes brown with with a little yellow. The ground colour white.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1866C1.1925 (old CDMS no.)