Object: Anga (tapa cloth)
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|Title||Anga (tapa cloth)|
Mangaia Historical and Cultural Society (maker/artist), October 2008, Cook Islands
|Medium summary||aoa or aerial roots of the banyan|
|Materials||plant fibre, dye|
x 5720mm (Length)
|Credit line||Purchased 2009|
This large and stunning anga (decorated tapa) is a significant addition to our very small collection of 19th and early 20th-century tapa from the Cook Islands.Made in 2008, it marks a renewed contemporary interest in tapa manufacture on the
Mangaia has a long history of producing tapa cloth and decorated tiputa (ponchos). However, the art form almost completely died out in the early 20th century.This anga is the product of a revival project in the
This anga was purchased by Te Papa in 2009.
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