Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland
This comprehensive catalogue offers an opportunity to view traditional and contemporary Pasifika art and to learn more about Australia’s Pacific neighbours and of the increasing number of Pacific Islander people coming to live in Queensland. This book highlights the diversity of Pacific Islander cultural practice through tapa cloth. Tapa is often made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. It has various qualities and uses such as the referencing of plant and animal motifs, clan and family patterning and contemporary events. Works from Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, and the Cook Islands have been sourced from community members, private collectors and public institutions.