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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 347 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Second Skin

SOUTH PACIFIC BARK CLOTH

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Have you ever thought about wearing a skirt made from pounded tree bark? While this may not be your first fashion choice, many cultures, from Africa and Asia to the northwest coast of America, utilize this flexible, natural “fabric” called Tapa (the Tahitian word for bark cloth). Manufactured from the paper of the mulberry or breadfruit tree, this traditional textile can be found throughout the South Pacific islands of Polynesia and Melanesia. Tapa is formed through a ...

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