Tapa Designs - General

Tapa or Kapa barkcloth is made throughout tropical areas including the Hawaiian Islands.  Tapa is made from the inner bark of the mulberry.  After being sun dried, it is soaked,  fermented and beaten and thinned.   Tapa can be painted, decorated by rubbing, stamped, dyed and stenciled.  It was originally used for clothing but now for decoration.

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