With great excitement we introduce to you Tongan Tapa and all the social and cultural stories embedded in the sheets. These pounded bark sheets are referred to as "ngatu"in Tonga.
This paper /bark cloth came in to our warehouse the very last week of 2019.
It's a creamy, sinewy, 2-layer pounded mulberry fibrous surface, ready for a pigment application or just beautiful as is!
100% mulberry fiber average size is 18 x32 inches- each sheet varies in size.
We would like to make note of the importance of ngatu in Tongan culture for rights of passage and daily life use. Click here to see a wonderful video which depicts the connectivity of the Tongan women as they create a large sheet together.