siapo (Tapa Cloth)

Physical description

Almost square tapa cloth with geometric patterns in dark and light brown on a medium brown base. Designs are organized into two repeating, vertical halves, each with 5 repeating horizontal rectangular patterns. Each of the ten rectangles are similar, with a thin strip with two horizontal bars at the left side, then 2 squares with cross designs inside, one with a black circle at the centre, followed by two thin rows of diagonal lines in light brown. There are also several thin strips of zigzag lines in light brown running through the other designs. Half of the squares with crosses have a light brown lined background, the other half have a light brown diamond pattern. A dark brown ,heavy cotton border is attached to both side edges; a wooden bar is attached across the back upper edge. Heavy black paper is attached to (but breaking off of) the lower back edge.