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Masi Seyavu

human history
  • Other Name

    Masi Vulavula (Fijian)

    Barkcloth (English)

  • Description

    Masi Seyavu. A finely beaten layer of masi (Bark cloth) with togitogi (fringing) along the edges, unprinted, almost transparent, and of a natural beige colour. Roughly rectangular in shape. Small creases and beaten in such a way as to produce 'diamond' like patterns in the overlaping fibres. Fringing along the longer sides. Masi is produced from the Vuni Masi (Paper mulberry) tree.

    The outer skin is removed and the inner bark (natural in colour) is soaked in a papasia (large wooden bowl). It is then laid out on a duadua (long wooden anvil) and beaten with an ike (bark cloth beater) to produce the naturally off-white colour cloth. Layers are felted together to increase thickness and size of the masi.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
    1943.55
  • Accession Date
    30 Jun 1943
  • Other Id

    26786.3 (ethnology)

  • Department
Masi Seyavu, 1943.55, 26786.3, Photographed by Andrew Hales,… … Read more

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