ngatu (Tapa Cloth)

Physical description

The cloth is two-ply and square with designs in black, yellow and red. There is a large black circle with a scalloped yellow outer edge. Inside the circle on a yellow background there is a heraldic image with an inscription. At the centre of the image is a cross inside a red six-pointed star. Surrounding the star are a cluster of three small stars, two spears, a laurel wreath and flowing ribbon among other symbols. Inside the large circle are random simple black designs and four half-circle designs on the inside edge of the circle.