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Barkcloth (Tapa). Women’s skirt cloth (Lavalava)

Oro Province, Papua New Guinea

A bold design, typical of this region. The black outlines and dots highlight the pattern. This would have been made for ceremonial purposes, and later for the tourist markets. 

Material: Paper mulberry tree, black palm juice, vegetable dyes, charcoal

  • Size: 85×140 cm
  • Age: C.1950
  • Item No: 26/A