Making Tapa

As ancient Polynesians, including the Hawaiians, didn’t have looms or weave fiber, they made tapa (kapa) for fabric.

Women pounded the fibrous bark of the paper mulberry into strips with their textured wooden mallets. They dyed the resulting fabric and decorated it with geometric figures. Tapa was used to produce clothes, bags, and bed coverings.

Read more about it in “Making Clothes from Trees.”

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