Siapo by Jon Apisa

Siapo oil painting

Siapo oil painting by Jon Apisa 07/11/2010

Jon Apisa. Siapo. 2010. oil on canvas, 48" x 48" (121.9 cm x 121.9 cm) .

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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