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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:35 am 

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We have this very lovely 3' X 4' Tapa Cloth which is in remarkably clean and vibrant condition, we picked it up at a local charity shop because it was so pretty and interesting.

Thanks in advance for your help/insight!



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:38 pm 
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A very striking piece!

We don't really deal with the monetary value of items on this forum. If you were attracted to it because it is 'so pretty and interesting' then you definitely purchased it on the right basis.

It looks to be very fresh and in good condition. I know very little about tapa but one or two of our members do and perhaps they will be able to comment on it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:27 am 

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Hi , the tapa cloth shown is more correctly referred to as Masi as it is clearly from Fiji. Masi, unlike other forms of South Pacific tapa, has the designs stencilled (traditionally with the design cut out of banana leaf, but more often these days cut out of plastic materials or discarded x-ray photos) on the surface of the cloth as opposed to either freehand drawing or rubbing on a tablet placed underneath the cloth - these are the main methods of decorating elsewhere. From the size and the look of the design I would suggest that it is not a very old piece and is most likely to have been produced for the tourist market. Pieces made for local consumption are invariably much larger and have a different design vocabulary.It is nonetheless a very pretty piece and should be treasured as an example of an art form that may well be slowly disappearing from Pacific life and culture. Regards, Jim

 Post subject: Fiji Masi Kesa
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:25 am 

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This is a Fijian Tapa called Masi Kesa. Two island that are major producers of Masi Kesa for the tourist trade are Vatulele and Moce.


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