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barkcloth; 3/4 of tapa is completely dyed dark brown, divided into 5 segments, each segment has alternating patterns. A thick band of frangipani patterns separating the last 1/4 tapa which also has alternating patterns with the numbers '32' and '34' written in brown dye.
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Made: Unknown; Acquired: 16 Nov 2005
Auckland Museum Collections Online
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By Mauatua | Tahiti | 27 Mar 2024

Seeing this piece of tapa spread out on the table reminds me of when I visited the British Museum’s off-site stores, where a piece of my ancestor’s tapa was kept. It was a small snippet of a larger roll, and you could still see the initial she made with her beater, as well as drops of blood, and the feathers of the red-tailed tropic bird. I was allowed to touch and hold the tapa because we shared the same DNA, so I felt like I was holding her hand. So special.

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