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a little tapa help....(serious)
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7928
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2007-05-30 08:52 am   Permalink

Have a little quandary.

A good friend of mine gave me a giant tapa ( tongan style).

It was used at his sisters funeral a few years ago.

Half his family is from Aus/Zealand.

He wanted to know if I could cut it up, frame it and

send it out to all the friends and family.

I cut up alot of tapa for other projects.

But, I'm kinda hesitant to cut this one up.

Any of you islanders know the tradition?


Bamboo Ben

p.s. I don't know if it was made special for her or if it was just tradition.


Bamboo Ben
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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 14, 2002
Posts: 1290
From: Bangkok
Posted: 2007-05-30 10:38 am   Permalink

I asked my wife and in Kiribati you always cut up the big Tapa cloths and give them away as gifts, at whatever event the cloth was produced for.

The proportions of the pieces are the tricky bit, wikipedia has a bit about the division of a cloth.


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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5319
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-05-30 10:43 am   Permalink

You usually have marks on one end that are about a foot wide and numbered. That's how you cut them. In one foot sections.

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Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 1317
Posted: 2007-05-30 11:05 am   Permalink

Giving each family member a photograph of the complete tapa would be cool.

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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5862
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-05-30 11:20 am   Permalink

I know nothing about their ways of traditions, but I would definately wan't everyone's blessing, who will be receivinig one.

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Joined: Mar 09, 2004
Posts: 1096
From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2007-05-30 11:27 am   Permalink

Tapa cloths are Huge to start with, they are cut up and handed out to family members.
I think it would be the same as they would do.


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