Cut from a larger piece, this barkcloth brings together the rubbed style of Tongan decoration with Fijian stencilled designs along the border. This combination of influences is embodied by its name, gatuvakaviti, literally meaning ‘Tongan-type barkcloth in Fijian style’. This distinctive type of cloth is likely to have developed as a result of Tongan influence in Fiji in the 1700s.
Fiji. Provenance and date unknown. Z 30433