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  • Other Name

    Bark cloth (English)

  • Description

    Gatu. Bark cloth. Gatu were most commonly made by men in Uvea mo Futuna. It is made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree which has been stripped, beaten and patched together using cassava tubers to create a light brown flat textile . This is then dyed and rubbed with a natural pigment made from togo (mangrove) or kele'uli (clay), and then painted with a black dye made from tuitui (candlenut) soot. This gatu looks to have been cut from a larger piece.

    It has a thick black border and in the middle are intricate geometric designs which have been painted brown and black. This gatu is very thin in depth and fragile to touch, it shows signs of wear and tear.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    18101.1 (ethnology)

  • Department
Gatu, 1932.353, 18101.1, Cultural Permissions Apply

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