Siapo by Jon Apisa


This painting 'Siapo' is named in honor of the trasditional Siapo artwork of Sāmoa and Polynesian cultures which have developed vartions of the artwork and named differently.

Siapo / Tapa (bark cloth) is known as:

  • Siapo in Sāmoa
  • Kapa in Hawaiʻi
  • Ngatu in Tonga

Traditional Siapo is made from the Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) tree:

Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) is known as:

  • Uʻa in Sāmoa
  • Wauke in Hawaiʻi
  • Aute in Tahiti
  • Aute in Maori language (Aotearoa)
  • Hiapo in Tonga

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48" x 48" (121.9 cm x 121.9 cm)




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