Barkcloth: Aspects of Preparation, Use, Deterioration, Conservation and Display

Margot M. Wright (ed.)

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ISBN: 1873132824
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Pages: 124
Illustrations: 46 halftone

Barkcloth or 'tapa' has a history that spans centuries, countries and a multitude of uses: from ceremonial dress in Papua New Guinea and Tahiti to a low-status substitute for woven cloth in Ghana. Its production has been recorded widely from Pacific and central America, Africa, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Oceania and New Zealand.

The chapters of Barkcloth cover the preparation, decoration, and conservation of tapa with particular reference to the material's deterioration and the various approaches applied to control this process. Wide-ranging, practical and precise, this collection of papers should prove to be of considerable help and inspiration to the conservator of this fascinating material.

Papers presented at a one-day seminar organised by the Conservators of Ethnographic Artefacts (CEA) at Torquay Museum in 1997.

...conservators doing technical research on barkcloth or working with collections first-hand will benefit from this book. Even those with only a mild interest in barkcloth will find the publication to be approachable and useful.
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 41(3) (2002) 294-296