||a little tapa help....(serious)
Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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?
p.s. I don't know if it was made special for her or if it was just tradition.
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Joined: May 14, 2002
|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.
Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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
|Posted: 2007-05-30 11:05 am  Permalink|
Giving each family member a photograph of the complete tapa would be cool.
[ This Message was edited by: Ojaitimo 2007-05-30 11:07 ]
Joined: Jun 06, 2003
|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.
Joined: Mar 09, 2004
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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