Barkcloth 1963.209

Barkcloth
Decorated with thirty-seven stencilled motifs, this piece is not a typical example of Fijian barkcloth or a copy of a masi G. K. Roth encountered in Fiji. He commissioned it from women in Vatulele to record the existence, name and geographical affiliation of stencilled patterns. Many of these motifs had been in use for decades by the late 1950s, and continue to adorn barkcloth today. They are an important part of Fijian cultural heritage.
Vatulele Island, Fiji. Collected by G. K. Roth, 1957. 1963.209

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