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Bernard Willems

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Tapa Design Board (upeti) Samoa 1960s, Pulliam Collection Carved wood upeti, like this example, have been the dominant form used for the rubbing method (siapo ‘elei) since the 1920s. Prior to that time, upeti were created by sewing pieces of coconut midrib, bamboo strips, and sennit on a rectangular section of pandanus leaves, which would be secured to a board for the transfer process...

Tapa Design Board (upeti) Samoa 1960s, Pulliam Collection Carved wood upeti, like this example, have been the dominant form used for the rubbing method (siapo ‘elei) since the 1920s. Prior to that time, upeti were created by sewing pieces of coconut midrib, bamboo strips, and sennit on a rectangular section of pandanus leaves, which would be secured to a board for the transfer process...