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AN ANCESTRAL ART : THE TAPA

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Tapa is an art practiced and spreaded all trough the oceanian countries.
Originally, the tapa was a cloth. Nowadays eventhough it is still used as such in traditional ceremonies, it has slowly drifted as a decorative artefact and it constitutes one of the many local artifacts production.t est devenu l'une des spécialités de l'art local.

Manufacturing the tapa is a reserved field of the futunian women. The basic material is a mulberry tree bark called "tutu". This bark after having been humidified, is beaten with a wooden mallet, the "ike", so as to obtain a kind of rough parchment sheets which are then stuck together with a vegetal glue obtained from manioca roots. Those sheets, called "lafi", may then be cut to the requested dimensions. Each sheet, after being starched and flattened, is manually and patiently decorated with vegetal inks in geometric motives.

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THE SIAPO

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Another typical artifact is the siapo which, as a mater of fact, is a big size tapa more flexible since it is not starched. The motives of the decoration is much less accurate than the ones of the tapa and the basic colors are the brown and the black ones.
It is considered as a very precious gift, used as a bed cover as well as a shroud, also in some circumstances
as a ceremonial cloth.
The process of the siapo necessitates the participation of numerous crafts women, each of them, having a specific task in its making. Once completed, the siapo is divided in classified portions so as to identify each craftwoman part of the job.

WOOD CARVING

In the old times, wood carving was essentially turned towards the making of weapons such as spears and clubs.
Quite recently, wood carving production is more oriented in decorative artefacts reproducing birds, fishes, masks, tikis, turtles, etc...
Nowadays, there is quite a large demand for such pieces of art overseas as well as locally.

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